When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

The Dangers Of Pet Hair


You can tolerate the vet's visits, the potty accidents, and the occasional yard-break from your dogs, especially when they cuddle up next to you with that loving look in their eyes. Yet no matter how much you adore them, you may find it hard to live with the problems their endless hair shedding brings. 


The piles of dog hair alone are not what cause the sneezing, watery eyes, and respiratory problems -- t's the dander that comes with the hair. Your long-haired dog isn't going to make you sicker than a short-haired pooch. Also, the levels of allergen given off by dogs differ per animal, so you might be more allergic to one dog than you are to another. You can be tested for these allergies, and treatments such as antihistamines and decongestants are effective. Allergy shots administered by your doctor are also a possibility. 


Even if you are not allergic to dander-ridden dog hair, you are probably sick of the mess. Keeping carpets, furniture, and floors free of this troublesome matter is extremely difficult. People with hardwood or laminate floors are the most successful at keeping their flooring presentable. Daily sweeping and frequent damp mopping is a necessity. Also keep air purifiers going and change the filters frequently. If your dogs sleep on your beds, wash all the bedding every week. For your furniture, consider buying slipcovers or use throws that can be washed frequently. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner and prepare to use it several times a week. 

Furnace and Drains

Dog hair can do more than mess up the house and your sinuses. It can affect your heating and cooling system. Pet hair ends up getting sucked into your furnace filter and clogging it, making your system less efficient. The pet dander also gets pulled into your furnace, only to be redistributed throughout your house. Before you call in a heating services company, change the filter on your furnace and see if that fixes the problem. You should also frequently bathe your pets to limit the furnace issues. Ironically, the pet hair may clog up your tub. To combat this difficult plumbing problem, try pouring 1 cup washing soda into the drain. Let it sit in there for 15 full minutes and then pour one or two quarts of boiling water into the drain. If this method does not work, you should contact a plumbing services company so a professional can get rid of the clog, perhaps by removing the pipes and cleaning them out. 

Your dogs are worth the trouble that their hair brings to you and your home. You do need to manage the hair problem by establishing a routine of sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and pet bathing. Keep your air and furnace filters changed, and then you'll be free to enjoy your pets. 


19 June 2015