27 Apr. 21

Electrical Issues To Be Aware Of As Storm Season Approaches

Storms hold the potential to cause a significant amount of damage to your home and its electrical system. And while these acts of nature cannot be avoided, you can be prepared to minimize the impact and level of inconvenience they insert into your lives. Acting quickly after storm damage to your home can be the difference between minor electrical damage and an electrical fire that destroys your home and belongings while also placing your loved ones in grave danger.

Some of the most common damage that you could be facing after a large storm includes:

FALLEN TREES AND POWER LOSS

As a storm rolls in and dumps a massive amount of water, the soil around your property will quickly become saturated. And when that downpour is accompanied by high wind, the most common damage is fallen trees. The roots can no longer bear the wind’s stress because of the softer soil, and the result is trees toppling over and taking power lines with them. Again, there is no way to stop these forces of nature, but you can be prepared with an alternative power source for your home. A portable generator can keep your refrigerator and freezer functioning, but that is about its limit. For a more reliable whole-home solution, check into a backup generator for your home. These units can restore your home’s major functions with the flip of a switch or a push of a button, including lighting, cooking capability, and even the comfort of your HVAC system.

LIGHTNING STRIKES AND POWER SURGES

If lighting strikes near your home, the massive surge of power can destroy electronics and electrical devices connected to your home’s electrical system. And in severe cases, an excessive amount of power can damage the wiring and electrical panel in your home. Many consumers think that small power strips with surge protection built-in will protect their expensive electronics. But that is rarely the case. The most reliable solution is a professionally installed lightning arrestor. This device prevents electrical damage to your home by diverting the electrical surge of power away from your home and to the ground.

WATER DAMAGE AND ELECTRICAL SHORTS

During a severe storm, it is not unheard of for water to find its way into your home. And when it comes into contact with your electrical wiring, bad things will happen. The water will short out your power in the general area or even the entire house depending on the location of the short. And as with any electrical short, there is always the potential for an electrical fire. Ensuring that your home is water-tight is the only way to avoid potentially hazardous electrical shorts. But in the event of a strong storm, your home might not be able to withstand the extreme force, and water will enter your home. When this happens, it is critical that you call your trusted electrical professional immediately.

Storms are a part of life in many regions of the country. And in the community, residents know that a call to (703) 463-9866 is the best way to deal with electrical issues after a storm. The team at Circuit Doctor is here 24/7 to assist our customers as soon as they discover any storm damage to the electrical system. And we also offer backup generator and surge protection installation. We know that fast action is essential to take that first important step in getting your home and life back to a routine. Trust us to get the job done quickly, cost-effectively, and correctly when you need it the most.