Commercial and industrial electrical equipment is especially sensitive and important. It can be notoriously complex to work with and, if things go wrong, expensive to replace. That’s why you should only hire an experienced master electrician in North and South Carolina to take care of the electrical needs of your business. We have over 30 years of proven experience serving Fort Mill and Charlotte, so you know that you can trust us.
Our commercial electrical services include the following:
- Electric Service Upgrades & Panel Changes
- Correction of Code Violations
- Dedicated outlets and circuits for 120 volt, 240 volt, 277 volt, and 480 volt
- Electrical Equipment Installation & Upgrades
- Troubleshooting & Repairs
- Equipment Relocation
- Interior & Exterior Lighting Design & Installations
- Emergency Lighting & Exit Lights
- Programmable Controller Installation & Maintenance
- Power System Analysis
- Surge Protection & Grounding
- Emergency Backup Generator Transfer Switches
- All Types of Cabling
For questions about any other commercial electrical service, or for a free estimate, call or contact FATHER & Son Electric Service Co., Inc. We’ll be happy to help!
Father & Son Electric Services Tips & Recommendations
Many people think that they can handle electrical repairs on their own. And while there are many small projects that the average homeowner may be able handle, all commercial electric work and many of the more complex residential electrical repairs, installations and upgrades should only be handled by an experienced, licensed electrician for a number of reasons. Having a licensed, bonded and highly recommended Charlotte electrician can not only make the installation, repair or upgrade project safer, but will make it go smoother and reduce stress as well.
If you have never hired an electrical contractor in Charlotte or Fort Mill before, there are some easy tips and steps to follow to make sure that you find the perfect person for the job. FATHER & Son Electric Service Services Co. will not only be the company to ensure that all of the necessary steps are taken, but will surpass your expectations as well.
Get Recommendations From Local Businesses and Respected Friends
Before you even start calling the electrical companies themselves, get some recommendations. You can talk to businesses that have just had work done and ask about the electricians that worked with them on their project. Speak to neighbors and friends in the local area as well. This is especially important if you need residential electrical work. Some electricians are excellent in a business setting but are not as recommended in a personal home context. Father and Son Electric Services Co. have earned a reputation in the Charlotte and Fort Mill areas for excellent service in both categories.
Get Estimates From the Electrical Companies Themselves
Call Father & Son Electric Services Co. and several other companies as well. Make sure that you ask for an estimate for residential electric or commercial electric work, and be prepared to give details about the project. Things you will need to know for your estimate include: approximate size of the project, number of outlets needed/wanted per room and how old the home or business structure might be. When you call Father and Son you will be given prompt, courteous service as well as a free estimate right over the phone. You will also not be pressured into committing to the project right then and there.
These are the main steps to hiring an electrical contractor in Charlotte or other locations, however, there are additional steps and questions that differ from commercial electric to residential electric. Some Charlotte electricians are better at one than the other while some, like FATHER & Son Electric Service Co. excel at both.
Hiring a Commercial Electrician
A commercial project differs from a residential one on many accounts. First, there are different codes that must be adhered to in a professional building. Most businesses have different electrical needs than the average household, so the wiring must be entirely different. A business that has a lot of computers and other business related electronics will need wiring that can handle the extreme amount of power flowing through them as well as having safeguards in place to protect the people and the machines from sudden power surges, power failures and other issues.
Building codes are confusing and may change without the general public knowing about it. A licensed contractor will be aware of the changes and prepared to make repairs, upgrades or installations that reflect these changes. Remember: you will not be able to open your doors for business until you have met all local codes. Don’t be forced to have your contractors come back repeatedly when you can rather get things right the first time with the right contractor.
Before you start a project, ask the contractor about their credentials and their experience in the area. An established, long-term company like Father and Son will be around long after the project is finished and will still be available for electrical repairs if something should happen.
Commercial insurance carriers might require that all repairs, even the smaller ones be handled by only licensed professionals. Make sure that you are aware of these requirements. These are some of the questions that you should be asking of the contractor before you make a final choice:
- Are you licensed and bonded in the state of South & North Carolina?
- How long have you been in business?
- Where can I find reviews about your business?
- Do you give comprehensive estimates?
- Do you guarantee your work and if so, how long is this guarantee?
- How long do you think this project will take?
Of course, other questions might come to mind between the initial phone call and the first site visit. You should always feel free to jot them down and ask, since a good contractor welcomes all questions without getting frustrated or angry. Whether a business is small or large, a professional level project is a major undertaking… and FATHER & Son Electric Service Co. understands that better than most.
The timing of the project is also important. A business cannot operate without electricity especially one that relies on computers for most of its duties. If you are having an upgrade or repair work done to an established business, it is important to know: if the electricity will be off for the entire building and for how long, if it will be safe to have employees and possible customers inside of the building, or if it would be better to do the work during off-peak hours. In some cases, shutting down for a day or part of a day might be faster and safer than trying to work around electrical needs. In other cases, shutting down might be completely necessary. It is better in the long run to shut down to have repairs made as safely and as efficiently as possible rather than trying to “make do”. Again, codes and standards might prevent some repairs from being made with staff in the building.