Kolb Electric

Kolb Electric Kolb Electric is a family owned and operated electrical company that has been serving the Baltimore and Washington, DC Metropolitan areas since 1925.

We provide superior electrical services for residential spaces, as well as industrial, commercial, and construction businesses.

Space Heater Safety Tips
01/12/2022

Space Heater Safety Tips

Space Heater Safety Tips

01/03/2022
Maryland - Power Outage Contact numbers:
01/03/2022

Maryland - Power Outage Contact numbers:

Maryland - Power Outage Contact numbers:

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy New Year
12/30/2021

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy New Year

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy New Year

Happy Holidays!
12/24/2021

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Safety Reminders
12/24/2021

Safety Reminders

Safety Reminders

12/20/2021

Transitioning from Aluminum to Copper Wiring

A significant number of homes in Baltimore and Bethesda, MD, Alexandria, VA, and Washington, DC built between the mid-1960s and the first half of the 1970s have hazardous aluminum wiring rather than copper. During that time, aluminum wiring was considered safe to use and viewed as a cost-saving measure. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) now believes aluminum wiring poses a safety hazard in homes that still have this type of wiring.

Dangers of Aluminum Wiring
The biggest danger associated with aluminum wiring is that unanticipated fire hazards arise from the oxidation and deterioration caused at the points where aluminum wiring is connected at outlets, light fixtures, and splices. While this can cause overheating and arching that won’t trip a circuit breaker, it can cause a fire. Aluminum wiring was used in an estimated 2 million homes between 1965 and 1973—and many of these homes are located in the MD, VA, and DC area.

If you’re concerned about dangerous aluminum wiring, pay attention to the following warning signs:

Outlets and switches that are warm to the touch
Lights flickering
Circuits that don’t work
The smell of burning plastic
All of these signs indicate a potential fire hazard for standard aluminum wiring.

f your home has aluminum wiring, we recommend that you call Kolb Electric or contact us online. We will send one of our expert electricians out to evaluate the aluminum wiring in your home to determine the best option to make your home as safe as possible.

Which Direction Should Your Ceiling Fan Spin?
12/18/2021

Which Direction Should Your Ceiling Fan Spin?

Which Direction Should Your Ceiling Fan Spin?

Holiday Safety Reminders
12/16/2021

Holiday Safety Reminders

Holiday Safety Reminders

In The Right Light - Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays - Electrical Safety Foundation International
12/09/2021
In The Right Light - Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays - Electrical Safety Foundation International

In The Right Light - Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays - Electrical Safety Foundation International

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires caused by holiday decorations occur each year. An additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year. Follow these steps to ensure you decorate your home safely during the winter holidays. Make sure all extension cor...

In The Right Light - Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays - Electrical Safety Foundation International
12/01/2021
In The Right Light - Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays - Electrical Safety Foundation International

In The Right Light - Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays - Electrical Safety Foundation International

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires caused by holiday decorations occur each year. An additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year. Follow these steps to ensure you decorate your home safely during the winter holidays. Make sure all extension cor...

We are truly thankful!! Thank you.
11/24/2021

We are truly thankful!! Thank you.

We are truly thankful!! Thank you.

11/11/2021
11/05/2021
ADDITIONAL -  Fall Electrical Safety TipsWith many activities starting to move back indoors in the fall, it’s important ...
11/05/2021

ADDITIONAL - Fall Electrical Safety Tips

With many activities starting to move back indoors in the fall, it’s important to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are some suggestions to be aware of:

• If there are young children in the house, make sure unused outlets have safety covers installed.
• Check outlets for loose plugs, which can overheat and cause a fire.
• Test ground fault circuits (GFC) outlets to ensure they reset properly when pressing the test button.
• Use caution with space heaters and read the instructions carefully.
• Test smoke detectors and CO detectors and change batteries as needed.
• Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Never use tape to fix a damaged electrical cord, always replace the cord.
• If you are frequently resetting circuit breakers, call Kolb Electric to inspect the circuit and upgrade your electrical panel if necessary.

ADDITIONAL - Fall Electrical Safety Tips

With many activities starting to move back indoors in the fall, it’s important to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are some suggestions to be aware of:

• If there are young children in the house, make sure unused outlets have safety covers installed.
• Check outlets for loose plugs, which can overheat and cause a fire.
• Test ground fault circuits (GFC) outlets to ensure they reset properly when pressing the test button.
• Use caution with space heaters and read the instructions carefully.
• Test smoke detectors and CO detectors and change batteries as needed.
• Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Never use tape to fix a damaged electrical cord, always replace the cord.
• If you are frequently resetting circuit breakers, call Kolb Electric to inspect the circuit and upgrade your electrical panel if necessary.

10/31/2021
Fun Facts - The history of electricity!The basic principles of electricity generation were discovered during the 1820s a...
10/25/2021

Fun Facts - The history of electricity!

The basic principles of electricity generation were discovered during the 1820s and early 1830s by the British scientist Michael Faraday. His method is still used today: electricity is generated by the movement of a loop of wire, or disc of copper, between the poles of a magnet.

Australia’s first recorded use of electricity was to light Sydney’s General Post Office in 1878.

The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs was Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1879.

Thomas Edison built the first power plant, and in 1882 his Pearl Street Power Station in New York sent electricity to 85 buildings.

The first successful electric car was built in 1891 by American inventor William Morrison.

Fun Facts - The history of electricity!

The basic principles of electricity generation were discovered during the 1820s and early 1830s by the British scientist Michael Faraday. His method is still used today: electricity is generated by the movement of a loop of wire, or disc of copper, between the poles of a magnet.

Australia’s first recorded use of electricity was to light Sydney’s General Post Office in 1878.

The first street in the world to be lit by electric light bulbs was Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1879.

Thomas Edison built the first power plant, and in 1882 his Pearl Street Power Station in New York sent electricity to 85 buildings.

The first successful electric car was built in 1891 by American inventor William Morrison.

LEDs are one of today’s most energy efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. LED lighting differs from in...
10/14/2021

LEDs are one of today’s most energy efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. LED light bulbs can last longer and are more durable and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. LEDs are small and provide unique lighting opportunities.

Keep these tips in mind if you’re considering retrofitting or replacing traditional lighting with LEDs:

• Retrofitting existing recessed light fixtures with energy efficient LED retrofit kits should be done only where it can be confirmed in the manufacturer’s instructions that the LED retrofit kit is compatible with the existing recessed fixture assembly.
• Replacing existing incandescent lamps with LED type lamps in lighting fixtures is a great way to save energy. However if the existing lighting fixture is controlled by a dimmer be sure to purchase “dimmable” LED lamps.
• When purchasing new LED lamps or retrofit kits look for the mark of a qualified electrical testing laboratory and read the instructions prior to installation.
• Call KOLB Electric to schedule an installation appointment.

LEDs are one of today’s most energy efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. LED lighting differs from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting in several ways. LED light bulbs can last longer and are more durable and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting. LEDs are small and provide unique lighting opportunities.

Keep these tips in mind if you’re considering retrofitting or replacing traditional lighting with LEDs:

• Retrofitting existing recessed light fixtures with energy efficient LED retrofit kits should be done only where it can be confirmed in the manufacturer’s instructions that the LED retrofit kit is compatible with the existing recessed fixture assembly.
• Replacing existing incandescent lamps with LED type lamps in lighting fixtures is a great way to save energy. However if the existing lighting fixture is controlled by a dimmer be sure to purchase “dimmable” LED lamps.
• When purchasing new LED lamps or retrofit kits look for the mark of a qualified electrical testing laboratory and read the instructions prior to installation.
• Call KOLB Electric to schedule an installation appointment.

Fall Outdoor Electrical Safety TipsElectrical Wires – When using your ladder outside, especially for projects on the roo...
10/02/2021

Fall Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Wires – When using your ladder outside, especially for projects on the roof or rain gutter, be mindful of overhead electrical wires.

Outdoor Devices – Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Cover any exposed electrical outlets and check outdoor electrical cords for damage or a faulty connection.

Leaves/Debris – Keep fallen leaves away from outdoor outlets, power cords and outdoor lighting. Also make sure that tree debris is kept away from the air conditioner condenser.

Outdoor Lighting – Less sunlight in the fall will mean the exterior lights to the house will be on longer. Check the lights to ensure that the bulbs are the correct wattage and that any cords have not been damaged over the summer.

Indoor Electrical Safety

Space Heaters – If you use a space heater, inspect it and have a quick test run before running it this season. Be mindful of space heater placement. Always allow at least a foot of space around the perimeter of unit and never leave unattended toddlers in the same room with one.

Smoke/CO Detectors – Every season you should check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Since the fall usually means more inside activities, including cooking and use of the fireplace, it’s good practice to ensure the smoke detectors are working properly. If you own gas heater, stoves or other gas-fueled appliances, make sure that you own CO detectors – and that they are working properly.

Light Bulbs – In the fall we start to lose daylight, which will mean more dependence on indoor lighting. Check the bulbs throughout the house to make sure they are the proper wattage for the size of the light fixture.

Fall Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Wires – When using your ladder outside, especially for projects on the roof or rain gutter, be mindful of overhead electrical wires.

Outdoor Devices – Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Cover any exposed electrical outlets and check outdoor electrical cords for damage or a faulty connection.

Leaves/Debris – Keep fallen leaves away from outdoor outlets, power cords and outdoor lighting. Also make sure that tree debris is kept away from the air conditioner condenser.

Outdoor Lighting – Less sunlight in the fall will mean the exterior lights to the house will be on longer. Check the lights to ensure that the bulbs are the correct wattage and that any cords have not been damaged over the summer.

Indoor Electrical Safety

Space Heaters – If you use a space heater, inspect it and have a quick test run before running it this season. Be mindful of space heater placement. Always allow at least a foot of space around the perimeter of unit and never leave unattended toddlers in the same room with one.

Smoke/CO Detectors – Every season you should check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Since the fall usually means more inside activities, including cooking and use of the fireplace, it’s good practice to ensure the smoke detectors are working properly. If you own gas heater, stoves or other gas-fueled appliances, make sure that you own CO detectors – and that they are working properly.

Light Bulbs – In the fall we start to lose daylight, which will mean more dependence on indoor lighting. Check the bulbs throughout the house to make sure they are the proper wattage for the size of the light fixture.

09/15/2021

Help Wanted!

Great Electricians searching for a career? Kolb Electric has positions open.

Please contact us today!!!

Tips to protect your home against brownouts:
09/11/2021

Tips to protect your home against brownouts:

Tips to protect your home against brownouts:

Wishing our amazing team a Safe and Happy Labor Day!
09/05/2021

Wishing our amazing team a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

Wishing our amazing team a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

Generator Safety Tips!
09/01/2021

Generator Safety Tips!

Generator Safety Tips!

09/01/2021

Be safe out there!!

If you do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform #DIY electrical work, contact Kolb Electric. Work...
08/24/2021
Electrical Safety Foundation International

If you do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform #DIY electrical work, contact Kolb Electric.

Working with electricity requires thorough planning and extreme care and cutting corners can be a costly mistake.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace through education, awareness, and advocacy. Over the past 20 years, ESFI has reinvigorated how electrical safety is addressed through groundb...

08/22/2021

Kolb Electric is seeking experienced Commercial Electricians / Service Electricians / Working Crew Team Leaders

•Ensure that installations/repairs meet quality standards and are code compliant
•Provide a high quality of customer service
•Communicate effectively with coworkers and manager

08/21/2021

HELP WANTED – KOLB Electric - Full Service Electrical Contractor seeking Experienced Electricians

$2,500.00 Sign-on Bonus

Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus!

Full Time: Monday – Friday
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Basic code compliant wiring
• Tennant fit out experience
• Demo and wiring of apartments and
condos
• Circuits and lighting
• Site & LED lighting
• Troubleshooting
• Ability to read prints or schematics
• Perform work safely and
conscientiously
• Maintain accurate and detailed
records
Pay Rate Based on Experience
Benefits:
• 401(k)
• 401(k) Matching
• Dental Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Paid Time Off
• Assigned Take Home Vehicle

08/21/2021

HELP WANTED – KOLB Electric - Full Service Electrical Contractor seeking Experienced Electricians

$2,500.00 Sign-on Bonus

Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus!

Full Time: Monday – Friday
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Basic code compliant wiring
• Tennant fit out experience
• Demo and wiring of apartments and
condos
• Circuits and lighting
• Site & LED lighting
• Troubleshooting
• Ability to read prints or schematics
• Perform work safely and
conscientiously
• Maintain accurate and detailed
records
Pay Rate Based on Experience
Benefits:
• 401(k)
• 401(k) Matching
• Dental Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Paid Time Off
• Assigned Take Home Vehicle

08/21/2021

HELP WANTED – KOLB Electric - Full Service Electrical Contractor seeking Experienced Electricians

$2,500.00 Sign-on Bonus

Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus!

Full Time: Monday – Friday
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Basic code compliant wiring
• Tennant fit out experience
• Demo and wiring of apartments and
condos
• Circuits and lighting
• Site & LED lighting
• Troubleshooting
• Ability to read prints or schematics
• Perform work safely and
conscientiously
• Maintain accurate and detailed
records
Pay Rate Based on Experience
Benefits:
• 401(k)
• 401(k) Matching
• Dental Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Paid Time Off
• Assigned Take Home Vehicle

08/21/2021

HELP WANTED – KOLB Electric - Full Service Electrical Contractor seeking Experienced Electricians

$2,500.00 Sign-on Bonus

Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus!

Full Time: Monday – Friday
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Basic code compliant wiring
• Tennant fit out experience
• Demo and wiring of apartments and
condos
• Circuits and lighting
• Site & LED lighting
• Troubleshooting
• Ability to read prints or schematics
• Perform work safely and
conscientiously
• Maintain accurate and detailed
records
Pay Rate Based on Experience
Benefits:
• 401(k)
• 401(k) Matching
• Dental Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Paid Time Off
• Assigned Take Home Vehicle

Looking forward to seeing our trade association friends at the PMA Lobster Bake
08/19/2021

Looking forward to seeing our trade association friends at the PMA Lobster Bake

Looking forward to seeing our trade association friends at the PMA Lobster Bake

Photos from A Sign & Graphics, Inc.'s post
08/13/2021

Photos from A Sign & Graphics, Inc.'s post

08/13/2021
Renovating your home?  The National Electric Code (NEC) has set the standard for electrical safety in the US for over a ...
08/06/2021

Renovating your home?

The National Electric Code (NEC) has set the standard for electrical safety in the US for over a century, helping shape state and local building codes. When you are planning to renovate your home, contact a licensed electrical contractor.

A licensed electrical contractor will implement the NEC requirements and ensure that your home renovation is up to current local code.

You may reach Kolb Electric at 800-777-KOLB.

Renovating your home?

The National Electric Code (NEC) has set the standard for electrical safety in the US for over a century, helping shape state and local building codes. When you are planning to renovate your home, contact a licensed electrical contractor.

A licensed electrical contractor will implement the NEC requirements and ensure that your home renovation is up to current local code.

You may reach Kolb Electric at 800-777-KOLB.

Address

5115 Pegasus Court Suite N
Frederick, MD
21704

Telephone

(301) 293-9500

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