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Electrical and Plumbing Services For Roanoke and Surrounding Communities
For over 13 years we have used a simple approach in serving our clients. We put the best tools in the hands of the best people. Our electricians and plumbers are expertly trained professionals who can quickly diagnose the need, provide you with up front pricing, get the job done right the first time and thoroughly clean the work area.
For all electrical and plumbing services or repairs you can count on Ostrom Electrical & Plumbing for prompt, friendly and professional service. You can trust us - Roanoke's premier electrical and plumbing contractor. All work and your total satisfaction is guaranteed 100%.
When you need electrical or plumbing repairs, installation or upgrades, call us at 540-342-0555.
Southwest Virginia Residential Electric Service
Southwest Virginia Residential Plumbing Service
Choosing a Residential Backup GeneratorPower failures can be more than an inconvenience, they can cause expensive damage your property. When the power goes out you lose heating and air conditioning, well pumps, refrigeration, and sump pumps - which can lead to basement flooding during heavy thunderstorms.
With the frequency of power outages in Roanoke and the entire Eastern U.S. related to the increasingly intensity of storm systems and an over burdened electrical grid, a backup power generator is becoming an essential appliance for many homeowners.
It's hard to appreciate just how important a home generator is until the power has been out longer than a few hours. Generators sell out quickly before and during emergencies, so why wait until the next major power failure to consider buying one?
Types of Residential Backup GeneratorsThe two main types of residential generators are portable and permanent standby. If you only plan to power a few lights, your refrigerator and a furnace, a less expensive portable generator may provide enough power. But keep in mind that you will need to ensure you have enough fuel on hand before the power goes out. It nost cases they will need to be manually started and connected to the appliances you need to power.
If you intend to run your lights, air conditioner, along with a well pump, sump pump, freezer and other major appliances, a permanent standby model is your best option. Permanently installed generators are connected directly to your home's utilities, when the power goes out they automatically start up to provide power for extended periods of time. When the power is restored they will automatically shut off.
Professional Residential Generator Installation For RoanokeWhen considering a generator for your home it's important to hire an experienced electrician who understands generator technology and can match a backup system to your home's power needs. At Ostrom Electrical and Plumbing we have installed hundreds of residential generators throughout the Roanoke area.
With an Ostrom Electrical and Plumbing generator installation, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you are getting the right generator for your exact needs and professional service for the life of the unit.
Is Your Sump Pump Ready For Spring?
Many homes in the Roanoke area experience some amount of below ground water seepage. Even a small amount of water entering through the foundation of the house can create damage. Excess moisture can also create the ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow, causing health concerns.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a compact electric pump that is installed in the basement or crawlspace of a house that works to keep water from accumulating. A sump pump is typically placed in a sump pump pit designed to allow water to flow below the floor, allowing the pump to remove the accumulated water. As the pit fills with water, the pump turns on automatically, moving the water out of the pit through a drain pipe that exits the home and releases the water away from the house. The drain pipe has a check valve near the pump to keep the water from flowing backwards.
Testing a Sump Pump
With spring rains just around the corner, this is a good time to ensure your sump pump is working properly. Because sump pumps are usually hidden out of sight, we usually don't think about them until a problem arises. To test your sump pump slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on a begin removing the water. If it does not turn on, ensure power is reaching the pump. If the pump still doesn't work, call Ostrom Electrical and Plumbing to have the unit tested and repaired if necessary.