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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
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Holiday Lighting Electrical Safety Tips
Holiday Lighting Electrical Safety TipsWith the arrival of the holidays many people are decorating their homes inside and out to celebrate the season. As with any electrical lighting or accessories, it's important to ensure that they are installed correctly to avoid electrical shock and fires.
The following are a few tips from The National Fire Protection Association to avoid some of the most common electrical hazards
- Don't string too many lights together. Check light strings to see how many strings can be safely joined end to end. As a rule of thumb, don't string together more than three midgets (push-in bulbs); strings with screw-in bulbs (C7s and C9s) should have a maximum of 50 bulbs total.
- Inspect electrical accessories before installation - Before stringing lights, inspect for cracked sockets, frayed, loose or bare wires or loose connections. Unplug light strings before replacing bulbs or fuses.
- Always turn off electric decorations before leaving home or going to bed, and be sure all smoke detectors are in working order.
- Dont' Use high wattage bulbs in low-wattage ornaments
- Avoid overloading extension cords.
- Never run extension cords through water, even those labeled for outdoor use.
- Brown or brittle needles are prone to fire, so always buy a fresh wreath or tree. Place the tree in a no-tip stand, and keep it watered. With an artificial tree, make sure it's flame-retardant. Place your tree at least 3 ft. from the fireplace or any other heat source.
- Replace damaged ornament parts with matching parts. Bulbs with too-high wattage are a fire hazard.
Hard Facts About Water Softeners - The Four Most Common Myths About Softened Water
Myth One: Using a water softener removes calcium and magnesium, important nutrients our bodies need.
The fact is, minerals found in drinking water are in an inorganic form, so they can not be absorbed by our bodies in the same way that nutrients are delivered through food and dietary supplements.
Myth Two: Water softeners cause a reaction in the water that leaves residue on your skin
Your skin often feels silkier after bathing with softened water because your skin's natural oils are able to more readily absorb into your skin’s surface. Softened water also helps soaps and shampoos lather up faster. Showering in softened water actually leaves your much cleaner than when you shower in hard water.
Myth Three: Water softeners add salt to your water, which increases your sodium intake.
The salt used in a water softeners facilitates the ion-exchange system to breakdown the different compounds binding calcium and magnesium and replace them with other salts. The total salt level in softened water is not increased to any significant degree. For comparison, a can of Coca-Cola has about 39 milligrams of sodium while a 12 ounce glass of softened water contains less than half this amount.
Myth Four: Drinking treated water purges essential minerals from your body.
Nothing is removed from your body by drinking filtered, treated or distilled water.