In the aftermath of a hurricane in Houston, home repair is on the mind of almost every resident in Harris, Galveston, Chambers, Fort Bend and many surrounding Counties. Even if your home was only slightly damaged during this last crisis, you probably have realized by now how fragile a home can be in face of the forces of Nature, and how quickly your investment can be seriously damaged in only a few hours by wind, rain, and flooding. In addition to structural, roof, and floor repair, home electrical wiring and house lighting also require immediate attention and possible servicing. Getting an appraisal on any possible damage now is a wise choice for Houston citizens to make in their endeavors to expeditiously repair their homes.
ILD professionals offer onsite home repair service calls to inspect and appraise the condition of home electrical wiring, emergency power systems, interior lighting design, lighting controls, outdoor house lights, and landscape lighting systems. For residents of spacious dwellings and custom homes, we are also including in our service call a detailed inspection of whole house audio, home theater, and home security wiring and automation to make certain that no mission critical flaws have developed in these systems. Assessing the damage now is paramount for two reasons. Damaged wiring and light fixtures can pose an undetected, yet imminent fire hazard if not immediately identified and repaired. Also, home insurance claims require a detailed itemization of damages, and filing a claim prematurely before itemizing all damages can result in repairs you will later have to undertake out of pocket, after the fact.
The following is a brief summary of services that you can expect when you call ILD today:
Circuit Panel Inspection, Repair, and Upgrade
If water gets into the circuit panel, it can cause damages ranging from corrosion to short circuits. Since the entire house draws its power from the circuit panel, it is essential that you have a licensed electrician inspect it carefully. After the inspection, the electrician can help you make informed decisions about any electrical home repairs and electrical panel upgrades you may need to undertake and what preventative measures can best minimize subsequent damage in the future. Installing a whole house surge suppressor can protect your panel from being blown out by lighting and neighborhood power surges. Dedicated circuits can be run from your panel to your home’s most important appliances and systems, minimizing the risk of catastrophic power overload. ILD home repair technicians can also explain the advantages of other services we offer such as advanced electrical wiring and permanently installed home electrical generators powered by diesel or natural gas. In the event of another catastrophe, your home is rendered as impervious as technology permits within the boundaries of man’s current science, and emergency power will be available in the event of another city-wide blackout.
Home Lighting Inspection, Repair, and Upgrade
Storms can cause damage to both outdoor and indoor lights. If the roof has leaked, recessed fixtures acquired from generic or retail sources may soon begin to rust. Other ceiling lights can easily short if water collects around their bases. Hurricane force winds will probably have broken many, if not all, outdoor lights, and landscape lights, although remarkably tough compared to more delicate, decorative luminaires, nevertheless cannot withstand the sustained pounding and flooding of a Gulf Coast hurricane.
It is therefore our responsibility to educate every Houston home repair client about the advantages of replacing retail grade lighting fixtures with specification grade luminaires. Commercial grade lights are designed and manufactured to withstand extremes in weather and temperature much more than retail light fixtures. Specification grade luminaires are also built to last for many years, and almost all are backed up in writing by manufacturer’s warranties.
By combining advanced electrical systems and dedicated circuits with commercial grade fixtures and lighting controls, we can offer you more control over specific elements of your home lighting. We can also introduce you to specialty products designed specifically for decorative indoor and outdoor lighting, and we can introduce new techniques and special effects in fine art and display lighting.
Why not combine two of the most essential components of home repair with equipment and home system control upgrades? Not only will this contribute greatly toward a more speedy recovery from our last hurricane, but it will create a more intuitive, technically sophisticated, and specialized electrical and lighting control system never before seen in your home until now.
And, when the next storm hits, you can rest assured that you have done all you can to protect your investment with circuit protection and emergency power. Contact us at 713-863-1133 today for a free consultation over the phone to take the first step in repairing and protecting your Houston area home. You may also visit our lighting blog for more information on Houston electrical services.