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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Forest Acres, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Forest Acres.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Forest Acres, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Forest Acres. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Forest Acres, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Forest Acres. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Forest Acres, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Forest Acres to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Forest Acres.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Forest Acres, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Forest Acres, SC

9 new businesses coming to Forest Acres

Forest Acres is getting 9 new businesses and is hoping for even more development in the future.FOREST ACRES, S.C. — In the City of Forest Acres, business is green and growing according to Mayor Frank Brunson."I think people are realizing what we've always had here," Brunson said. "We are a city that has a neighborhood feel."In the past few months, the city has become a hub for dining and specialty retailers. The city will...

Forest Acres is getting 9 new businesses and is hoping for even more development in the future.

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — In the City of Forest Acres, business is green and growing according to Mayor Frank Brunson.

"I think people are realizing what we've always had here," Brunson said. "We are a city that has a neighborhood feel."

In the past few months, the city has become a hub for dining and specialty retailers. The city will be getting a Crumbl Cookies, Poogan's Southern Kitchen, and a Homegoods among several other things.

Mayor Brunson says the new developments have been a part of his plans for the city for a long time. Forest Acres is hoping to take empty buildings and turn them into thriving business districts.

"In the next 10 years I hope to see us making smart and sustainable growth and welcoming businesses that will build up this community," Brunson said.

One of the new business owners investing in the city, is Moltó Vino owner Tony Carbone, who opened his wine bar in Cardinal Crossing recently.

"Forest Acres has been great so far, everyone here has been so supportive and so welcoming, and it has been a great place to be a business owner," Carbone said.

Lexi Schreiffer has lived in Forest Acres for a few years now and says she has loved to see it expanding.

"We have so many cool things coming here and it's really nice because I graduated from USC and I feel like Forest Acres and the Columbia area have grown with us. Forest Acres has been a great place to live as a young professional," Schreiffer said.

As the city looks at more potential business projects, they are hoping to tackle the Richland Mall next.

"While we are still early in the process of our goal to redevelop the Richland Mall, we can say we remain very hopeful," Brunson said of the mall. "The property owners are still under contract with a developer that has a proven track record. That developer is currently in the due diligence phase of the contract."

He added that there are still "a lot of pieces to this redevelopment puzzle" that will still need to fall into place.

Deputies make arrests after body found in Cottageville woods

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have made a number of arrests after a body was found in the woods in Cottageville in the same area where a hunter went missing.The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, the charges against Andrulat were dismissed and expunged.A third man, Brad Skipper, has also been charged with an outstanding warrant from Col...

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have made a number of arrests after a body was found in the woods in Cottageville in the same area where a hunter went missing.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, the charges against Andrulat were dismissed and expunged.

A third man, Brad Skipper, has also been charged with an outstanding warrant from Colleton County.

The body was found around 8 p.m. on Thursday in a wooded area off Red Oak Road, the same area where a hunter went missing last Friday

The sheriff's office says the missing hunter was staying with friends who waited until Sunday to report him missing.

The coroner is doing an autopsy to determine the cause of death and identify the body.

The arrests stems from an incident that began on Aug. 21 when a Colleton County deputy responded to a home on Peirce Road in reference to a missing person.

The deputy spoke to Andrulat who said a friend of hers, Orin Patrick, had come to her home to go hunting Friday evening.

According to a report, Andrulat said she dropped Patrick off along the woodline on Peirce Road with a shotgun.

"Andrulat stated that several hours later, she received a call from Patrick stating that he was lost in the woods and he wanted her to drive along the road and beep the horn so that he could find his way back to the road again," the report states.

Andrulat told investigators that she did this around 9 p.m. on Friday but could not find him.

According to authorities, Andrulat said she received another call from Patrick that only last a few seconds and had since been unable to reach him through his phone again. Andrulat told deputies that she did not know any more information about Patrick.

In the incident report, the responding deputy reported that when he first met with Andrulat, she was unable to give any information about Patrick. The deputy then told Andrulat to get in contact with some of Patrick's friends or family so that he could get enough information to do a report.

Authorities also spoke with Patrick's friend, Baughman, who told investigators over the phone that he and Patrick had been staying at a home on Lakeview Drive in Summerville.

Baughman said the last time he saw Patrick was on Aug. 19, but was unsure of the time "because they had both been drinking so he did not remember much about that day."

The incident report states Baughman told investigators that this was not the first time Patrick had just "gone away, but it has never been for this long and never without making contact with him."

Detectives reported that they had Patrick's cell phone pinged to find the last location for it which was in Summerville.

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Richland Mall to be demolished and redeveloped, largest investment in three decades to Forest Acres

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A fixture of Forest Acres is being demolished and redeveloped.The City of Forest Acres said the Richland Mall is scheduled to be sold and demolished, calling it the single largest investment in the area in 35 years.Southeastern Development of Augusta, GA is under contract to purchase the property. It is estimated the redevelopment will provide a value of approximately $100 million. The plan on the 32-acre site includes mixed-use property for retail, a brewery or tap room, a large space for events and conc...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A fixture of Forest Acres is being demolished and redeveloped.

The City of Forest Acres said the Richland Mall is scheduled to be sold and demolished, calling it the single largest investment in the area in 35 years.

Southeastern Development of Augusta, GA is under contract to purchase the property. It is estimated the redevelopment will provide a value of approximately $100 million. The plan on the 32-acre site includes mixed-use property for retail, a brewery or tap room, a large space for events and concerts, a grocery store, and apartments.

“This is a historic day for Forest Acres and Richland County,” says Forest Acres Mayor Frank Brunson.

Councilman Thomas Andrews said the city has spent two and a half years working on the project.

Richland Mall opened in 1961 and was the first mall in the area. The open-air center was later converted into an indoor mall in the 1980s. Currently, only three tenants are occupying the roughly one million square feet of retail space.

As part of the partnership, the city will purchase the green space for $3 million and oversee park development. The city said the company is expected to close on the property in the near future. The next step will include hiring an architect to draw plans for the site, which is expected to take at least six months.

Next Southeastern will rehab the old Parisian building along Forest Drive, Belk will relocate to the building once complete. This will take approximately 12 to 18 months, during that time Belk will remain open at their current store.

Afterward Southeastern will begin tearing down the structure, which should take roughly another 12 to 18 months. The mall is estimated at around 931,000 feet of concrete.

In total, planners are expecting the project to take four to five years before it opens for business.

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Richland Mall to be torn down, redeveloped in $100 million deal

The Belk will be there, but in a different location, and a lot of other things are changing.FOREST ACRES, S.C. — The Richland Mall near Forest Acres will be torn down and redeveloped, a plan that city leaders hope will inject new life into a property that had been a central part of the community for over 60 years.Southeastern Development, which will now own the area, a...

The Belk will be there, but in a different location, and a lot of other things are changing.

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — The Richland Mall near Forest Acres will be torn down and redeveloped, a plan that city leaders hope will inject new life into a property that had been a central part of the community for over 60 years.

Southeastern Development, which will now own the area, announced their plans Wednesday to buy and demolish the existing property. The move comes after the city and county had given approval to development at the property site.

The overall value of the effort is projected to be $100 million in what the city says will will be the biggest development there in 35 years. The plans call for a mix of businesses and apartments and a park. The idea now is to create a brewery or tap room, a green space to host large events and concerts, and a grocery store. The existing Belk store on the property would still be there but in a slightly different location.

"This is a historic day for Forest Acres and Richland County,” says Forest Acres Mayor Frank Brunson in a statement.

Richland Mall began as an open air shopping center in 1961 and was the first mall in the Columbia area. In the 1980s, it was redeveloped into an indoor mall and anchor stores and a food court were added.

It changed names over the years, becoming Richland Fashion Mall, then Richland Mall, then Midtown at Forest Acres, and finally back to Richland Mall. But over the years tenants began to move out and local leaders say it had fallen into disrepair.

“The County was unanimous in our support,” said Richland County Council Chair Overture Walker. “There are many benefits here, chief among them a property in decline becoming a crown jewel property once again in Richland County. As it brings a financial jolt to our tax base, all of our residents will benefit, with our schools being the biggest winners.”

Forest Acres Project Timeline:

The developers and the City of Forest Acres say after Southeastern closes on the property in the coming weeks, they'll hire an architect to draw up the site plan, a process they say will take about six months.

Then, they plan to refurbish the old Parisian building along Forest Drive that Belk will eventually move into. That will take about 12 to 18 months.

Most of the other existing structures, including the central part of the mall, will be torn down.

“The current structure is an uninviting concrete fortress. The mall was added on to so many times over the years, it does not feel like a modern planned project. Thus, retailers don’t want to lease at the site because it’s not a good shopping experience for their customers,” says Jason Long, the Vice-President of .Southeastern Development. “Our project is an outdoor mixed-use center and will be a completely different model than the mall. It will take us years to demolish and redevelop this property, but that’s what must happen.”

Developers estimate it will be four to five years before the first phase of the project is open for business. That part will be the mixed retail and apartments as well as an unnamed grocery store.

The company says the grocery store and the Belk will serve as the anchor stores.

There will be another 41,000 square feet of mixed retail space throughout the site, including about 7,500 square feet for the brewery overlooking the park on the back of the property.

The second phase is the mixed use retail on the east side of the property that will include a second set of apartments. That will take another four to five years to finish, for a total of about 10 years for the entire property to be developed.

Southeastern released some design sketches but those will likely be a little different from the final project.

Living Space Project:

The city says that will be apartments across two phases, the first of which will build apartments around part of the existing parking deck. The parking deck's first floor will be retail space, while the rest of the decks will be used for apartments.

"Residents of the multi-family units are benefited by living close to services such as grocery, restaurants, and shopping,” Long says of the overall vision. “It’s also just not feasible to have a site of 32 acres to comprise only boutique retail in today’s market. Small shop retail has been transformed by Amazon and online shopping.”

Forest Acres is getting a new park with "something for everyone"

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — Forest Acres is getting a new park complete with a small splash pad, food truck parking, and a spot for fishing in Gills Creek. City administrator Shaun Greenwood says this space will have something for everyone."We're really looking to create a space that people can come to, we can have some very small food truc...

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — Forest Acres is getting a new park complete with a small splash pad, food truck parking, and a spot for fishing in Gills Creek. City administrator Shaun Greenwood says this space will have something for everyone.

"We're really looking to create a space that people can come to, we can have some very small food truck events, things like that, that will just highlight the area," Greenwood said. "We'll have seating in the park. It's more of a passive park with no playground equipment, things like that."

The park will be located along Forest Lake Place Drive behind the former Zoe's and Forest Lake Fabrics.

The city has already approved the project and they closed the bridge on Forest Lake Place this week. They are asking cars and pedestrians to take a different route.

Brian and Susan Thomas live in a neighborhood where the new park is being built and say they do not mind having to go a different way.

"All progress comes with a little pain," Brian said with a smile.

The city says the bridge could be closed for a little more than a month. However, the couple says they do not mind hitting a few red lights if they can have a nice green space in return.

"I say well 'Yay! Welcome' because we really do not have a space like that available in Forest Aces however we have fabulous restaurants, fabulous shopping, boutique-type things, and of course we want to have an area where we can celebrate that kind of stuff," Susan explained.

Forest Acres is using $2.8 million in federal ARPA funds for the park itself and received $1 million in state funds to rebuild the bridge that faced damage in the 2015 flood. Now the area is being rebuilt with weatherproofing in mind.

"In doing the park, we're also going to replace the bridge, with a little efficiency in government there, so it saves us money in mobilizing contractors and those kinds of things," Greenwood stated.

The park does not have a name yet but will feature a memorial for fallen officers Greg Alia and Richey Finch.

The project should be completed within the next 15-18 months.

The City of Forest Acres wants to emphasize that drivers and those walking in the Forest Lake Place Drive area, avoid the bridge there while it is under construction.

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