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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:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

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

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

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

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

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.

Your Residential Electrician

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.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

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.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

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.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

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.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

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.

Test Your GFIs

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.

Replace-Outdated-Light-Bulbs

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.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

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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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

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

St. Martin’s opens preschool in Forest Acres

Little voices are again filling the halls of the children’s wing of The Commons on the St. Martin’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church campus. The church, located in the heart of Forest Acres, opened its new full-time preschool September 7, serving children ages six weeks to age four.Opening a preschool is in some ways a “back-to-the-future” project for the parish, which was established in 1950. St. Martin’s was home to a previous preschool for children ages four to six, starting in 1951. Later, in 1972, St. ...

Little voices are again filling the halls of the children’s wing of The Commons on the St. Martin’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church campus. The church, located in the heart of Forest Acres, opened its new full-time preschool September 7, serving children ages six weeks to age four.

Opening a preschool is in some ways a “back-to-the-future” project for the parish, which was established in 1950. St. Martin’s was home to a previous preschool for children ages four to six, starting in 1951. Later, in 1972, St. Martin’s Drop-In Nursery was created as an outreach ministry to provide part-time “on-the-spot child care” for infants through age four. That half-day ministry, which expanded from three days a week to five, came to a close in 2019 with the onset of the pandemic and the impossible situation of providing safe care for children in a drop-in setting.

Like all churches facing the pandemic, St. Martin’s found itself needing to think creatively and reinvent some of its ministries. Amidst this shift, the church stepped out in faith, knowing when the pandemic came to an end, parents were going to need full-time childcare once their work lives resumed with pre-pandemic schedules.

In January 2021, the church began a nearly year-long process to obtain the licensure required from the Department of Social Services. The first step in that process was completed in September, allowing the school to open with its provisional license on September 7. The full licensure process will be completed by late fall.

“We are thrilled to be open and offering quality care to children in our community,” said the Rev. Mitch Smith, rector of St. Martin’s. “The preschool is the extension of a longtime mission of this church—to welcome the little children and provide a safe space for them to grow and learn while their parents are at work.”

The school’s director, Bobbie Lindley, is a graduate of the USC Honors College and has worked in preschools in the community for nearly 10 years. She joined the church staff as the preschool’s director in June.

“I have always loved partnering with families as they navigate early childhood, which is why I am incredibly honored and excited to have been selected as the first director of St. Martin’s new preschool,” Lindley said. “My work here allows me the opportunity to build and guide a program based on those relationships.”

“My dream is to create a space where all children feel safe, welcome, loved, and encouraged,” Lindley said. “It is important to me their families feel that way as well.”

Among the many ways the school is striving to offer parents a sense of safety is with its COVID protocols, which include requiring all staff be vaccinated. Staff must also wear masks while working with students. Also, temperature checks are done each day as parents sign their children into in their classrooms.

Current openings are available in the 2s and 3s/4s classrooms. Interested parents are encouraged to contact Lindley about availability by emailing her at bobbie.lindley@smifsc.com or by calling her at 803-787-6406.

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Picnic in the Park (again!) with Forest Acres and Town Theatre

There’s nothing better than great music and great company—in the BEST neighborhood around! Town Theatre will present a second series of concerts at Pine Tree Park, Winthrop Avenue in Forest Acres, by some fantastic performers who have graced not only the Town Theatre stage but are well known throughout the Midlands. And, this year’s twist is each concert will also feature some of Town’s youth theatre students of past and present.On Friday, October 22, guests will enjoy the talented Kerri Roberts who will presen...

There’s nothing better than great music and great company—in the BEST neighborhood around! Town Theatre will present a second series of concerts at Pine Tree Park, Winthrop Avenue in Forest Acres, by some fantastic performers who have graced not only the Town Theatre stage but are well known throughout the Midlands. And, this year’s twist is each concert will also feature some of Town’s youth theatre students of past and present.

On Friday, October 22, guests will enjoy the talented Kerri Roberts who will present some Broadway favorites. Roberts is known for her many roles at Town including Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle, and many Marias ( West Side Story and The Sound of Music). Joining Roberts will be her daughter, Ellie, who has grown up as a part of Town’s youth theatre programming. Kerri and Ellie will be accompanied by Gloria Wright.

Friday, October 29 brings more of Town’s leading ladies—Lee Martin and Shannon Willis Scruggs. Martin has wowed audiences in Town’s productions of Hello, Dolly!, Hairspray, The Buddy Holly Story, and Newsies. Scruggs has grown up on the Town stage having served as a leading lady in Always… Patsy Cline; Jekyll & Hyde; Big Fish; Kiss Me, Kate; and Annie Get Your Gun, to name a few. Joining Martin and Scruggs will be Caroline Quinn, a former Town youth theatre student who is now studying musical theatre at Samford University. The trio will be accompanied by Michael Simmons.

Hannah Thompson and Billy Bishop will take the stage Friday, November 5. Thompson recently appeared in Mary Poppins and worked alongside Bishop in Into the Woods. Bishop has also appeared in Matilda, The Buddy Holly Story, and Mary Poppins. Joining this duo will be Violet Hill, Gabbie Kawooya, and Micheal Kawooya of Town’s youth theatre programming. Luke Fang will serve as accompanist.

Each concert will begin at 6 p.m. and will last 30-45 minutes. Tickets are $5 per concert and may be purchased at towntheatre.com. In the event of rain, the Roberts concert will move to Saturday, October 23; the Martin/ Scruggs concert will move to Saturday, October 30; and the Thompson/ Bishop concert will move to Sunday, November 6.

In true picnic fashion, please grab dinner from a favorite Forest Acres’ restaurant to bring to the concert. Please also bring seats in the way of tailgate chairs and/or blankets. There is plenty of room at the park to spread out and enjoy the fantastic entertainment. Parking is available at St. Martins in the Fields Episcopal Church.

Town Theatre thanks Forest Acres for its support of this partnership. For any questions, please call Town Theatre at 803-799- 2510 or email town@towntheatre.com.

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Main Street Project coming to Forest Acres

It will primarily affect the commercial districts surrounding Covenant, Bethel Church, Atascedero, and Barnes Mill Roads.FOREST ACRES, S.C. — The Forest Acres Main Street Project is underway and residents say they are hoping it will change the area for the better.“I think we’re kind of like a hidden gem, and it’s time everybody know that we’re here. We are all here," said business committee co-chair Marie Youmans.“My sister and I came over in this neighborhood right when we got ou...

It will primarily affect the commercial districts surrounding Covenant, Bethel Church, Atascedero, and Barnes Mill Roads.

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — The Forest Acres Main Street Project is underway and residents say they are hoping it will change the area for the better.

“I think we’re kind of like a hidden gem, and it’s time everybody know that we’re here. We are all here," said business committee co-chair Marie Youmans.

“My sister and I came over in this neighborhood right when we got out of college and we saw it and at the time it wasn’t as populated for businesses at the time," said Youmans.

The first step for the committee on the project is rebranding the area with a new name in hopes to attract more foot traffic.

“The people that work in this area, that live in this area, that have businesses in this area, that even live in this area, when you ask them, well what’s this area called? Nobody knows. It’s not had an identity," said executive director Jim Manning.

The public will help decide what the new name will be.

The 'Main Street area" that will primarily be effected are the commercial districts surrounding Covenant, Bethel Church, Atascedero, and Barnes Mill Roads.

“We’ve gotta have people connected. We have to have people that will shop here. We have to have people that have an interest in this being a vital part of the city at large," said Manning.

Residents say they're excited for the area to see some much needed revamping.

“That’ll be huge for the neighbors I know we would love to be able to walk down the street and have some sidewalks and visit local businesses that’ll be amazing," said business owner Virginia Boland.

Community members expressed interest in seeing more sidewalks through the project.

“With the revitalization project, it’s not only like I said, it’s bringing more attention to this area, but it’s giving people the opportunity to really see what this area has to offer," said business committee co-chair Don'Fra Miller.

But above all else, they're hoping it will help make the community safer.

“So if this revitalization project increases the safety of the neighborhood, now you’re just not gonna have patrons at your business, but you’re gonna have families walking, and using these sidewalks and everything else that comes with this project," said Miller.

The executive director said there is no set timeline for the finalization of this project.

New Delta variant discovered, what health officials know about it

AY.4.2 is the latest COVID-19 variant discovered by health officials. The CDC said don't panic, research on the virus is still being done.COLUMBIA, S.C. — The latest COVID-19 variant to be discovered is the AY.4.2, also known as the Delta Plus variant. Health officials said the new variant is more contagious than the previous delta variant."It is a real concern in the unvaccinated population," said Dr. Helmut Albrecht, Infectious Disease Physician at PRISMA Health. "The mutations will not make it invade the...

AY.4.2 is the latest COVID-19 variant discovered by health officials. The CDC said don't panic, research on the virus is still being done.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The latest COVID-19 variant to be discovered is the AY.4.2, also known as the Delta Plus variant. Health officials said the new variant is more contagious than the previous delta variant.

"It is a real concern in the unvaccinated population," said Dr. Helmut Albrecht, Infectious Disease Physician at PRISMA Health. "The mutations will not make it invade the immune system better, and that’s what we’re worried about."

The CDC said there is more concern with the current delta strain, but people should be aware there is a new strain. More research for the new variant is still needed.

The virus has been found in eight different states: North Carolina, California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Rhode Island and Washington.

While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining, according to state health officials, some municipalities have lifted mask mandates this week.

On Tuesday, the City of Columbia ended it's mask ordinance. Mayor Steve Benjamin cited the decline of cases as the reason for ending the mandate.

"Knowing that there’s a new variant out there’s a new variant out there again, is even more surprising that the city decided to stop masks," said Columbia Resident, Tara Barlowe.

Forest Acres and the City of Cayce also ended their mandates this week. On Tuesday, Richland County Council voted to extend their mask mandate for 60 days.

"We’re not in as bad as shape as we were this time last year," said Richland County Council Member Allison Terracio. "But we still do have cases, probably cases that would be considered too high, really to completely go maskless."

During it's weekly briefing, officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said they still recommend people wear a mask.

"We’re well over hurricane season here," said Dr. Knoche, Public Health Physician for DHEC. "I don’t know if we’re in the eye of the storm, or if the storm is fully passed. As I mentioned, if history is any guide, I think we should be cautious about what could happen with winter approaching and people traveling and meeting together for the upcoming holidays. I would still recommend, at least for the foreseeable future, that people be cautious and err on the side of caution and wear their face masks, even if they’re fully vaccinated."

Dr. Albrecht said new variants are normal and people should not panic as viruses often evolve.

Columbia’s new Lowes Foods grocery location to open with beer den, smokehouse

A new Lowes Foods will open soon in Columbia, marking the grocery store’s fifth store in the area.The store, which focuses on providing local products from local suppliers, will open at the former Bi-Lo location in the Village at Sandhill.Alex Lee, the parent company of Lowes Foods, bought the store in September 2020 and it has since undergone renovations. The store will temporarily close at 6 p.m. Tuesday to undergo final renovations.The new store will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the statement from Lowes...

A new Lowes Foods will open soon in Columbia, marking the grocery store’s fifth store in the area.

The store, which focuses on providing local products from local suppliers, will open at the former Bi-Lo location in the Village at Sandhill.

Alex Lee, the parent company of Lowes Foods, bought the store in September 2020 and it has since undergone renovations. The store will temporarily close at 6 p.m. Tuesday to undergo final renovations.

The new store will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the statement from Lowes Foods.

“We are excited about the reopening of this store and presenting a full Lowes Foods experience to our guests,” Lowes Foods President Tim Lowe said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we went through that awkward transition phase. I think the final result will be well worth the wait, and we hope everyone will stop by and see the changes.”

The new store will feature areas unique to the chain.

Lowes will offer its so-called “beer den,” with selections of craft and local beers. Shoppers will be able to sip a cold one while they grab groceries or fill a growler to take home. On Thursday, the store will offer half-price pints and Fridays will offer a flight night deal.

The store also will offer a “daily rotation of wood-smoked meats” at its smokehouse area and packaged grab-and-go fruits and vegetables at another pick and prep station. Shoppers also will be able to check out the “bread crumb,” where fresh breads baked in store will be up for sale, or the “cakery” where cakes of all sizes can be assembled in house.

The new Lowes Foods location will offer a sandwich and pizza shop, where customers can order custom creations and eat in store or order their food to go. The “chicken kitchen” will offer a range of hot chicken options, including rotisserie chicken, fried chicken, chicken wings, chicken pot pies, chicken tenders, chicken salad and chicken noodle soup. Shoppers can pick up custom cut, dry-aged steaks at the “divine cut” station.

There are three other open Lowes Foods locations across the Columbia area, including one in Forest Acres and two in Lexington.

A location in Chapin is currently undergoing renovations and will open later this fall.

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