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Residential Wiring

Read & Read Electric Inc., your community electrician in Stittsville and surrounding areas, is here to serve all your home wiring needs. Whether you're looking to add new plugs and switches or move existing ones, add a ceiling fan or switch to pot lights from standard fixtures, it's best to leave these jobs to professionals. Let us help you with these seemingly simple jobs, and be assured that you and your family will be safe. At the same time we can help you improve the overall look of your home while saving you money!

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New Custom Homes

Are you a general contractor looking for an electrical company to satisfy the needs of a new custom home build? Or are you a new land owner looking to build your dream home? At Read & Read Electric Inc. we will be there with you through every step of the wiring process, from roughing in to lighting layout and design, finishing touches and an inspection from the Electrical Safety Authority. You can trust that the electrical work will be done right the first time, and that your clients, or you and your family, are safe.

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Home Improvements/Renovations

Are you tired of the look of your current home and want to upgrade? Do you have an unfinished basement that you would like to transform into a recreation area for you and your friends? Renovating your home is an exciting process but should be treated with the utmost care. Read & Read Electric Inc. can help you with all your electrical needs including planning out the lighting design of new fixtures, plugs and switches. We can do the same with your kitchen lighting design or help you decide if radiant heating could be an option in your bathroom. We will also provide you with proper lighting, plugs and switches, that are compliant with the Electrical Safety Code. Not sure where to put your pot lights? Let us help you decide what looks best for your home and how to maximize your living space. Have a pool table you enjoy on a regular basis? Let us show you how to position your lighting fixtures to help accentuate and provide and an enjoyable Friday night experience. For all your renovation needs, Read & Read Electric Inc. will discuss and assess those needs with you, walking you through each step of the process through to completion and provide you with a finished product you will not only be thrilled with, but one that you know meets the highest safety standards.

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Home Lighting Design

After all these years of the same light fixtures, you're probably looking for a change. Unsure of what you're looking for or how to make each room look extra special? Let the experts at Read & Read Electric Inc. help you transform your home with a custom lighting plan. We will work with you to suggest new lighting options, new design of pot lights, and how to upgrade an existing space. By bringing in a combination of traditional fixtures, under cabinet lighting and wall sconces, and by providing accurate placement of each. You can be sure to have the perfect atmosphere in each room of your home. Your home is your sanctuary, let us help make it work for you.

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Aluminum to Copper Tailing

One of the biggest issues electricians come across in older homes, specifically those built or remodelled between the 1950s to late 1970s is aluminum wiring. Aluminum wiring can be of concern due to its tendency to oxidize thereby increasing the wire's resistance and possibility of overheating. The fact that it is softer than copper therefore easily nicked and because it can change shape due to high thermal expansion, leading to possible loose connections which may result in sparking and heat build-up. All of these are serious concerns and should be addressed if your home currently has aluminum wiring.

The only way to know for sure if you have aluminum wiring is to have a licensed professional inspect the electrical branch wiring system. One way to resolve this situation is to have your electrician "pigtail" the aluminum wire with copper, reducing your risk for safety hazards. However, the best way to eliminate long term problems associated with aluminum wiring is to invest in complete rewiring.

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Service Upgrades/Panels

Is the hydro service to your home failing to keep up with the addition of new appliances and upgrades to your home? Are you looking to upgrade your service in order to accommodate your new pool or hot tub, or change your heating situation? Service upgrades are common in today's changing world and something that the experts at Read & Read Electric Inc. can help you with. Let us assess your home's current service as well as your ongoing needs, to determine if it is time to upgrade. If it is time, we will walk you through the often confusing world of Hydro service, how to meet the required safety standards and provide you with the power you need.

Have you been making upgrades over the years and now your service panel is overloaded or do you still have an old fuse-style panel that is desperate for an upgrade? Your circuit panel is the backbone of your electrical service and it is essential that it can handle all your electrical needs and especially that it adheres to safety standards outlined by the Electrical Safety Code. Failure to do so can result in safety hazards, or even the refusal of coverage by your insurance company until it is resolved. Allow the trusted experts at Read & Read Electric Inc. to assess your panels current situation, decide whether it is too overloaded and ways to make it more efficient and built to a higher safety standard.

If you are currently on a fuse-style panel, overloading is a common issue and could result in a fire. In order to keep up with any upgrades or additions, consider changing to a circuit breaker service panel to ensure the safety of all those living in the home. By having a properly organized and distributed circuit breaker panel, you will reduce the risk of fire, eliminate overloading, eliminate the use and confusion of fuses, increase the ability to add more circuits in the future and increase the value of your home.

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Rewires - Old Homes

Rewiring is often overlooked, yet one of the most important aspects to consider if you have recently purchased an older home, or have lived in the same home with the original wiring. Over the past 50+ years, the cable used to wire homes has been improved substantially and the standards to which all electrical components need to adhere to, specifically laid out in the Electrical Safety Code, also change on a regular basis.

Chances are your older home requires at least partial wiring upgrades set out in the Electrical Safety Code. If you are looking to renovate or add an addition to an existing older home, any new wiring will also need to adhere to the safety standards, and as such any existing wiring may need to be improved in order to accommodate for any changes.

If your existing or newly purchased older home has wiring that needs to be upgraded, or currently uses aluminium wiring, consider rewiring in order to fulfill the current safety standards and ensure that you are safe in your home. If you are unsure whether you need to explore the possibility of rewiring, allow the experts at Read & Read Electric Inc. to inspect your current wiring system and provide you with the necessary information to decide whether this is something you need to invest in. When you choose to embark on a rewiring project, the team at Read & Read Electric Inc. will walk you through every step of the process and ensure the job is done right and to code.

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Hot Tub Wiring

Who doesn't love a good soak in the hot tub after a cold day outside with the kids or after a long week? Installing a hot tub can be as simple as plugging it into a GFCI electrical outlet and filling it up, assuming it's a small portable tub. If you are looking into a larger model, with jets and special lighting, you will most likely have to install a larger circuit breaker and larger wiring. Consider all costs associated with owning a hot tub, and consult a professional to see what is necessary to either upgrade or install. The experts at Read & Read Electric Inc are more than happy to assess your home's current situation and its ability to handle the extra load of a hot tub. Should you require any extra wiring or breakers we will explore all options with you and discuss what can be done.

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Service Calls

Use too many appliances at once and blow a breaker? Have a switch that isn't working properly? Is the electrical component of your furnace not working as it should in the middle of winter? For all these emergency issues and more, trust the experts at Read & Read Electric Inc. to reassure you and provide you with service that exceeds your expectations at the time you need it most. Do not hesitate to call if you run into an issue that you cannot, or should not, handle on your own.

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