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Preventative Maintenance for Commercial Businesses

wiringPreventative maintenance is not reserved for your vehicle or garage door. Just because your electrical system lacks moving parts is no reason to let it run until it breaks down (and it will break down, with hazardous consequences). The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has reported that electrical component failure is up to three times higher in systems that lack preventative maintenance programs.

In addition, the top two causes of electrical distribution failures are exposure to moisture and loose connections, both of which can be easily identified and corrected with proper electrical maintenance.

If you own or manage a commercial property, now is the time to have your electrical system assessed. The following checks are essential to keeping your system safe and running efficiently:

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Prairie Electric is Proud to Work on Mixed-Use Spaces in Portland!

grant-parkHere in Portland, you may have the opportunity to encounter multiple, mixed-use properties. With a push for sustainable architecture that meets the needs of a growing population, more building projects are creatively incorporating multiple purposes into one space.

The Prairie Electric team is excited to participate in projects that create varied spaces in one location, accommodating residents of these building as well as members of the neighborhood community.

Grant Park Village

One such location is Grant Park Village, a mixed-use project on NE Broadway Ave at NE 32nd Ave. This three-story project includes apartments arranged into four separate buildings, with open wells to the parking area that provide energy-saving daylight. Architects have also created a common terrace for residents to enjoy. Below the apartments and on the most visible corner, a New Seasons Market will reside. Car and bicycle parking are included. Our Prairie Electric team was pleased to provide electrical services for this project, helping to bring much-needed housing to Portland’s NE neighborhood in a manner that benefits the environment and provides convenience to residents and customers alike.

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How to Start Your Career As a Field Electrician

electricianIf you’re mechanically inclined, detail-oriented, and enjoy solving problems, a career in electrical servicing may be an excellent fit for you. Field electricians provide an enormous service to their community and tackle residential, commercial, and industrial issues.

However, if you don’t know anyone doing the work you’re interested in, it can be difficult to imagine the steps you need to take to achieve your goal and become a professional electrician. Consider the following your guide to getting started on this fulfilling, lucrative career path.

Seek Out Training

Getting the proper training is essential to preparing you for the diverse activities you’ll be called upon to participate in as an electrician. Both technical schools and JATC AREA 1 offer paid training for a selection of interested candidates. This program selects candidates based on factors that vary by economy and location, and usually lasts 4 years.

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Why Call An Electrician?

outletYou consider yourself to be pretty handy. You’ve DIY-ed a few electrical fixes, and things rarely break around your house because you’re conscientious enough to maintain your appliances and fixtures. Maybe your home/ business is in a new building with few problems, so calling in a professional is at the very bottom of your to-do list.

If your home or business is in good working condition, you may be wondering what would be a good reason to call an electrician. Our team at Prairie Electric is happy to hear that all is well at your property, but we want you to be aware of the wide variety of services we offer, just in case you find you need help. Our team of experts is ready and able to assist with any home or business repair or installation, large or small, but we certainly have specialties that we focus most on.

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The Best Tips for Rewiring Your Older Home

hand-wiringMany homes built in the 1970s and even 60s and 50s were not designed to handle the power needs of modern families. Whether you are running multiple computers, a washing machine and dryer, or even a refrigerator, the electrical demands of your current lifestyle may put stress on the wiring in your older home, increasing the chance of blown fuses and electrical fires.

Rewiring your home can bring it up to date and offer a solution to sub-par power capabilities. However, not every effort to upgrade an older or historic building ends well; many cause damage to the building if undertaken without proper guidance and the right tools.  

If you are rewiring your home yourself, the following tips will get and keep you on the right track. Be sure to contact Prairie Electric with any questions you may have!

Inventory Your Electrical Needs

In order for your new electrical system to meet your needs, you must first make a list of all the devices/ appliances you will be using and where they are located. This allows you to map out the areas that need rewiring.

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