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WireOne is a family owned electrical serice provider founded in 2009. We specialize in delivering premier electrical service
WireOne is a family owned electrical serice provider founded in 2009. We specialize in delivering premier electrical service

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SAFETY WEDNESDAY. Many of the homes we visit in central Iowa have ineffective or non-existent grounding causing an unnecessary safety risk to your family and your electronics. Here’s why that matters to you:

Electricity travels the path of least resistance. If an appliance like a toaster, coffee maker, or hair dryer breaks, electricity can flow to the metal outside of the appliance. Touching the appliance could result in a serious shock, causing injury or even death.

If the electrical system is properly grounded and the appliance is plugged into a three-pronged outlet, the electricity will flow through the third prong back into the wires and harmlessly into the earth. Thus, the term "grounding."

Grounding protects your family, and any sensitive electronics in your home. Without grounding, electrical charges build up in wiring and create slight but continuous damage to delicate electronics. This damage can shorten the lives of computers, televisions, phones, and any electrical appliance that has "smart" components, such as your expensive kitchen appliances and dryer.

Without an electrical ground tester, it's hard to know whether your home is protected. Homes built before 1950 were sometimes grounded. Homes built after 1950 were usually grounded. If your system was originally grounded, wiring mistakes may have rendered the grounding ineffective. Even if your home has electrical outlets that accept three prongs, this doesn't necessarily mean that your electrical system is grounded. Many of the homes we visit have outlets that have been updated since the home was built, but no actual grounding behind them. Other homes have grounding in place, but a compromised ground wire. Some homes have no grounding system at all.

Every service call performed by WIREONE begins with a Residential Safety Inspection. During this inspection, we will perform a thorough safety check of your home, including the grounding system.

If you are concerned with the safety of your residential electrical system, give us a call today at 515-218-2535.
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Is technology starting to overload your house? Updates tend to be made slowly over time, but computers, HD and 4k televisions, and the latest kitchen appliances can put a tremendous load on your electrical system. If your house is full of new gizmos and gadgets it's probably time for a panel upgrade from WIREONE. Give us a call today at 515-218-2535 to see what we can do to keep things running smoothly.

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Already dreading going back to work tomorrow? Maybe you're heading to the wrong job. WIREONE is currently hiring electricians and administrative help. Start creating the future you've been dreaming of. Apply today at TeamWireOne.com.
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According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, over 53,000 electrical fires occur every year. Many of these disasters are easily preventable by conducting routine electrical repairs and maintenance. That's one reason why WIREONE electricians begin every residential visit with a Residential Safety Inspection. We know what matters to us, because we know what matters to you. Give us a call today at 515-218-2535.
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People always say, "Home is where the heart is." But we know that they're really talking about the kitchen. Life happens in the kitchen and it's worth taking the time to get the kitchen right - whether that means under-cabinet lighting, CGFI outlets around the sink, or adding those extra outlets where you always seem to need them. Our technicians are available and ready to help you make your dreams come true. 515-218-2535
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At WIREONE, we believe that trust starts in the hands. That's one reason why every residential service starts with a handshake. We listen, we look, we give you the price, we give you our hand, then we get to work. No surprises. No gimmicks. Just quality service that you can trust. If you're tired of getting the run-around from other electricians, give WIREONE a call. We're standing by and ready to serve you. 515-218-2535.
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SAFETY WEDNESDAY! So what’s the fuss with these GFCI outlets anyway, and why do I need them in my kitchen and bathroom?

A Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is designed to protect people from electrical shock.

We’ll explain it, but first, we need to explain the role of the fuse or circuit breaker. Fuses and circuit breakers are designed to protect a house against an electrical fire. Without a fuse, a fire could start if the neutral wire of an electrical system came into contact with the hot wire. This can happen when a mouse chews through the insulation when someone drives a nail through the wire while hanging a picture, or a vacuum cleaner sucks up an outlet cord and cuts it. When the neutral and hot wire touch, it heats up like the coils in a toaster. The fuse or circuit breaker is designed to heat up faster than the wire and will interrupt the electrical flow through the wire to prevent the fire.

A GFCI outlet is much more subtle. When you look at a normal 120-volt outlet in the United States, there are two vertical slots and then a round hole centered below them. The left slot is slightly larger than the right. The left slot is called "neutral," the right slot is called "hot" and the hole below them is called "ground." If an appliance is working properly, all electricity that the appliance uses will flow from hot to neutral. A GFCI monitors the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. If there is any imbalance, it trips the circuit. It is able to sense a mismatch as small as 4 or 5 milliamps, and it can react as quickly as one-thirtieth of a second.

So let's say you are outside with your power drill and it is raining, or you’re running a hair dryer in the bathroom, or a toaster next to the sink. You are standing on the ground, and since the drill/toaster/hair dryer is wet there is a path from the hot wire inside the drill through you to ground. If electricity flows from hot to ground through you, it could be fatal. The GFCI can sense the current flowing through you because not all of the current is flowing from hot to neutral as it expects -- some of it is flowing through you to ground. As soon as the GFCI senses that, it trips the circuit and cuts off the electricity.
Smart device, eh? This is why modern building codes require GFCI outlets in bathrooms and kitchens. However, many older houses haven’t been updated, creating an unnecessary risk for you and your family.

WIREONE performs a free Residential Safety Inspection on every residential dispatch. Give us a call today and we can make sure that your home is protected. 515-218-2535
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We're receiving reports that power outages occurred over the weekend across the metro area. But no worries, if the snow caused you any trouble, give us a call. Our technicians are available and ready to serve you. 515-218-2535
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Teamwork makes the dream work! At WIREONE, many of our journeyman electricians are paired with an apprentice who is working his way through our five-year electrical training program. In addition to training the next generation, our teams get work done more quickly! Let us be part of your team. Give us a call today.
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We understand rental properties and your interest in the bottom line. That's why we offer real estate investors up-front pricing. You'll know exactly what it costs so you know exactly what you'll make. Give us a call at 515-218-2535 if you need to get your rental properties in compliance.
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