Frequent Summer Electrical Issues

Just like every season, summer has its own set of electrical problems. As you are trying to stay cool inside, you might be noticing some strange issues occurring with your home or office electricity. Flickering lights, tripping circuit breakers, power going off at odd times, these are some of the signs of electrical problems. Solving your problems can be difficult when you don’t have the answers. Nipper Electric can help you solve all your electric problems with our wide range of services including:

  • NipperElectric-logoElectrical Troubleshooting
  • Aluminum Wiring and Rewiring
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Electrical Inspections
  • Electrical Repairs to Damaged Areas
  • Energy Audits
  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Outlet Installations

Nipper Electric is a family owned business based in the Virginia Beach area. We have been helping families and businesses solve their electrical mysteries for over 18 years. Our expert team of licensed electricians can help you find the answers to all of your electrical problems, even those pesky summertime troubles.

Summer Time Power Struggles

Summertime electricity comes with its own set of troubles. Some of the issues that occur during summer include:

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  • Aluminum Wiring Issues
  • High Wind Storms
  • Storms with Lightning

Each of these problems can affect other areas of your home and create dangerous electrical issues.

Stormy Weather

Summer time storms are a natural part of warm weather. However, these storms can cause problems for your electrical systems.

  • Windy Storms- These storms can tear up your electrical wiring outside, including your weather-head. Damaged weather-heads can keep electricity from getting to your home and create hazardous conditions outside the home.
  • Lightning Storms-Electrical Storms or storms with lightning can cause strong power surges that send your panel into electrical overload. They can also damage your appliances and technology.

In the case of storms, it is always better to be safe than sorry. For windy weather, prepare early to make sure all of your wiring is safe and secure. For electrical storms, look into adding a surge protector that will help guard your home from powerful electrical surges.

Aluminum Wiring Problems

The heating and cooling of your home can cause major problems for your aluminum wiring. Creeping occurs when the aluminum wiring is repeatedly heated and cooled. The wire expands and contracts which causes the wire to start creeping away from screws and terminals. Aluminum wiring issues create:

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  • Loose Connections
  • Faulty Wiring
  • Rusted Wires
  • Hot Spots
  • Arcing

Untreated, aluminum wiring issues can create dangerous problems for your home. Nipper Electric knows how to work with Aluminum wiring in a way that is fast, efficient and won’t break your budget.

Increased Electrical Use

One of the main causes for electrical issues during summer is the increased electrical load needed to run the home. As air conditioners come on and computers and devices are being used more often the electrical demand increases. Your panel can start to overload quickly. Signs of an overloaded panel include:

  • Power Outages
  • Buzzing Sounds
  • Flickering Lights
  • Sparks from Plugs
  • Overheated Plugs, Switches, Outlets, Cords
  • Repeated Tripped Breakers

Panels can be upgraded to carry the necessary load, an additional panel can be added for new loads or loads can be decreased with energy efficient options. You can also look into adding additional receptacles with USB ports to help carry the extra electrical demand. Nipper Electric can help you find the perfect solution to your panel problems.

Your home or business is a vital part of your life. At Nipper Electric, we treat your home like our own. We take great care to help you solve all of your electrical issues so your family or staff can stay safe. Don’t hesitate to call us at 757-842-1710 if you have experienced any of the issues above. You can even make an appointment online while you work or play. Our experienced and licensed staff will work with you to keep your home cool and safe all summer long.  

Choosing Right Security Camera

Choosing the Right Security Camera for your Office or Home

Security cameras come in all different sizes with a multitude of options. These options can be overwhelming. Nipper Electric has a team of experts with the knowledge and tools to install the perfect security camera for your home. To help you choose the best security camera for your home or office, our experts have created a quick guideline of different security camera options.

Wireless– These cameras don’t need wires to perform, but do often rely on batteries. You’ll have to keep them fully charged to get good security. Benefits include:

  • security cameraVersatility
  • Easy Placement
  • Great for Outdoors
  • Easy to Relocate
  • Discreet

Wired– Cameras that are wired need power sources, so they are easy for criminals to spot. A professional experienced electrician can set up a complete security system including outdoor security lights best fit your needs. Benefits include:

  • Great Option for Indoor Security
  • Clearer Pictures
  • More Reliable When Streaming
  • Better Power Source

Black and White/ Color– Security cameras in color are more expensive but the benefits are often worth the costs. These benefits include:

Bullet camera– Great for ceiling and wall mounting, bullet shaped cameras provide basic security. Since these cameras don’t usually zoom in or move, they’re great for

  • Entrances
  • Porches
  • Backdoors
  • Garage Entrances

Pan/Tilt/Zoom– For extra security, it’s great to have a camera that can pan, zoom or tilt. Your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach can install and set up a PTZ camera to perfectly fit your needs. Benefits include:

  • Cover larger areas
  • Get different angles
  • Move direction

Combining these capabilities can make one camera do the job of many. Plus, pan tilt zoom cameras or PTZs can be controlled remotely or preprogrammed.

Wide Angle– A wide angle lens camera can capture a lot of movement over larger areas. This means you can have one camera that does the work of several cameras. Benefits include:

  • Use Fewer Cameras
  • Covers Large Areas
  • Catch Movement Up to 40 Feet Away
  • Great for Backyards

Night Vision– One of the top times for crime is when everything is dark. Night vision cameras use LED to capture video in dark areas. They are great for:

  • Backyards
  • Windows
  • Shaded Areas
  • Remote Storage Units
  • Remote Areas of the Home

NipperElectric-Logo6No matter what kind of security camera you choose Nipper Electric is here to answer your questions and provide mounting and installation services. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. Get your home secured today.

Protect your Electrical Systems from Summer Storms

Professional Electricians Provide Power Outage Prevention in VA Beach

lightning strikePower surges, power outages, and low power issues in the Virginia Beach area can wreak havoc on your home and electrical devices. This is especially true now, during hurricane season. Nipper Electric provides multiple services to help you protect against power surges.

Here are a few tips from our experts to help prevent summer storm power and electrical issues.

Install A Generator/Have a Generator Check-Up- If your home or office doesn’t currently have a generator, consider investing in one. Generators offer protection against damage and provide safety during dangerous storms. They can also help save data and expensive equipment from being damaged when bad weather sets in. If you do have a generator, have your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach do a check-up on the wiring and installation before storm season hits. Faulty or poorly installed generators can cause dangerous issues for you and your family.

Check and Update Alarms– Carbon monoxide and fire detection alarms are vital for the safety of your home especially during storm season. These alarms can detect dangerous carbon monoxide that can form when generators are installed improperly and detect smoke early when fires occur due to surges or power outages. You can have separate alarms or combination alarms that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.

Invest in a Whole House Surge Protectors-From causing fires to destroying computers, power surges damage your home in unexpected and hidden ways. A whole house surge protector sends the extreme voltage of a power surge to a ground wire, instead of through your electrical system. For extra safety, add a local surge protector for special devices like computers and Smart TVs.

Prepare Before Storms Hit– Have your trusted electrician in the Norfolk VA area do an electrical checkup of your home, including:

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  • Fire/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Wear and Tear of Electrical Wires and Cables
  • Electric Panels
  • Meter boxes
  • Weatherheads
  • Generators
  • Electrical circuits

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Have repairs, replacements, or additions done as soon as possible. Nipper Electric works with your schedule to provide fast and reliable work when you need it most.

When it comes to protecting our friends and neighbors, the experts at Nipper Electric are always ready. There is no job too big or too small. Call us today at 751-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll help you weather storm season and protect your home all year long.

Benefits of Dock Boat Lifts for Your Summer Fun

Trusted Professional Electricians in Virginia Beach Provide Worry Free Installations

It’s summer again and that means one thing in Virginia Beach, it’s time to get back out on the water! Nipper Electric is here to help you make the switch to boat lifts. We offer a wide range of dock electrical services including:

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  • Dedicated Circuits
  • Marina Power Pedestal Installations
  • Shore Power Pedestal Installations
  • Dock Electrical Maintenance
  • Dock Motor Boat Lifts

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Our experts can get your dock wired for a super summer.

One of the most popular dock installations that we do is the boat lift. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding a Boat Lift to your dock this summer.

Prevent Sinking

The majority of boats that sink will sink at the dock. In fact, almost 70% of sinking boats occur at the dock. Causes include:

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  • Improper Docking
  • Wear & Tear
  • Dead Batteries
  • Bilge Pump Failures

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A boat lift gets your boat safely out of the water and prevents damage that comes from waves. Your trusted electrician in Virginia Beach can wire the boat lift to fit your dock perfectly.

Clean Less, Boat More

From algae to barnacles to blisters to, boats left in the water get messy. Boat lifts keep you boat out of the water so they stay clean, getting you out on the water faster and safer.

Protection

The main cause of damage to boats is wet storing your boat. Areas often damaged from wet storage include:

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  • Outdrive
  • Shafts
  • Propellers
  • Paint

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If your boat is left in saltwater, it can also corrode. Corrosion can increase the danger of electrocution or overheating.

Save Money and Time

Getting your boat in and out of the water is a difficult chore. Using a boat life can save you time and money by:

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  • Increasing Resale Values
  • Lower Repair Costs
  • Provide Easier Docking and Undocking
  • Lower Costs for Hull Repainting and Upkeep
  • Lower Fuel Costs
  • Enhance Overall Performance

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A boat life can help you get the most out of your boating this season. Nipper Electric provides expert boat lift installations that will keep you and your family safe and happy this summer. Call us today at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online . We’ll have your boat secure all summer long.

Keeping Home Safe During Summer

Keeping Your Home Safe & Secure During Summer

big house with all the lights onFor a lot of people, summer means vacations, beach trips, or other outdoor fun. All this fun means your home is either empty or you’re spending a lot of time outside of your house. Nipper Electric takes your safety and security seriously. We offer multiple security services, like outdoor security lighting to help you and your loved ones.

To further help you, here are a few ways to increase your home’s security and safety.

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can help dissuade discourage criminals and create safety by lighting paths, steps, and entrances. Adding the right lighting can also increase the time you can spend outside, enjoying beautiful summer evenings.

Security Cameras

One of the biggest developments in home security are security cameras, they’re also a top preventative for crime . Many security cameras can be accessed remotely by your cell phone so you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere in the world. Nipper Electric provides security camera installations for your home or office.

Outdoor Security Lighting

Security lighting can make all the difference when it comes to keeping criminals away. When you’re adding outdoor security lighting, remember to choose the right lights for the area. Don’t go too bright or you’ll create big shadows that will actually encourage criminals. Don’t go too dim or you won’t have enough light to keep potential thieves away. Our experts can help you create the perfect outdoor security lighting plan for you. Remember to always light entrances and exits as well as driveways.

Alarm Systems

Alarm systems can scare off potential robbers or give you the extra warning and time you need to either get to a safe place or escape. Also, alarms alert security companies and the authorities early to quickly get you the help or protection you need.

Keep Your Home Secure with Professional Electrical Security Installations.

No matter what kind of home or business you have, Nipper Electric is here to keep it safe and secure with electrical security installations and lighting installations. Before you go on that long weekend or leave for your summer reunion, call us at 757-842-1710 or make an appointment online. We’ll get your security system locked down before your first summer getaway.