Florida is a state that is accustomed to storms including high wind, rain and lightning. Florida’s storms are at their peak starting in September and can last throughout November. During this stormy season, a number of electrical damages can occur. A major storm can have many effects on a home’s electrical system. Some of them can be prevented while others need proper repair. Burley Electrical Services will share the common results of storms and how to prevent or properly react to the storm’s damage to your electrical system.
Hurricane Storm Damage Prevention & Safety
Prevention and protection of your home’s electrical system is essential in order to avoid damaging your appliances and their electrical systems. Below are the best ways to protect and prevent electrical damages in your home.
One way to protect your home and its electrical devices and appliances is to install a surge protector. There are single surge protector boards that you can use at individual outlets to protect your essential appliances and devices such as entertainment areas. Single surge protection boards are easily obtained and used, but you will find you will need many to completely protect every electrical device inside your home. Another solution is to install a ‘Whole House Surge Protection’ system, which will cover all of the wiring and outlets throughout the home. When lightning strikes, it can send a surge of power throughout your entire home which can cause fires and damage electrical appliances and devices.
A safety switch should be placed in every home in Florida. A safety switch quickly responds and shuts off the power if any water is detected in the electrical system. As many know, electricity and water can be a deadly mix. Where Florida is prone to heavy rain and flooding, a safety switch can be a home and the household’s life saver. Additionally, a safety switch can prevent additional electrical damage caused by water exposure. Other steps can be taken to help protect your home and its electrical system. It is often recommended that you water seal your home and its electrical systems. Have a water redirection system as well to help flow water away from the home.
Responding to Electrical Damages
When rain or lightning strikes, the electrical system can be affected in different ways. In some cases the electrical company will even cut power before major storms to prevent electrical hazards. Warnings are often sent out ahead of time. If the electrical company cuts off your power or an electrical storm causes the breakers to trip, perform a basic reset before the power is restored. Do this by switching off all of the breakers and manually turning on one at a time. This can help prevent power surges. If the electrical system was damaged by flooding or lightning, it is strongly recommended to get the home electrical system thoroughly inspected by an electrician along with any needed repairs.
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If your home’s electrical system was effected by a recent storm, or you require a professional electrical inspection and/or other related services, contact Burley Electrical Services and schedule an appointment today.