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Jul 05, 2023

Electric Issues Caused by Weather

Bad weather brings many elements that can cause a wide range of electrical issues. It’s important that you are aware of the electrical issues caused by bad weather so that you can be prepared for these hazards. Here at Mr. Electric, our team of knowledgeable and experienced electricians is ready to help you with all of your electrical needs. Keep reading to learn more about the common electrical issues caused by bad weather.

Power Outages

Power outages and storms go hand in hand. Everything from downed pole lines and equipment failure to lightning strikes and flooding can cause power outages. Power outages can disrupt routine activities and daily life, leading to discomfort, inconvenience, and difficulty performing everyday tasks. We recommend you install a backup generator to minimize the inconvenience of power outages. A backup generator can automatically detect the loss of utility power and switch on, providing electricity to your home or business. This allows you to maintain essential functions, power critical appliances, and continue with daily activities without disruption. If you’re looking for a dependable electrician to install a backup generator in your home or business, call the experts at Mr. Electric.

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Power Surges

Power surges are a common phenomenon during storms. A power surge, also known as a voltage spike, occurs when there’s a sudden and brief increase in electrical voltage in an electrical system. Power surges occur during storms due to various reasons, including lightning strikes, grid instability, utility equipment failure, and fallen trees. Apart from causing immediate damage to sensitive electronic equipment, power surges can pose serious safety risks. To protect against power surges, it’s advisable to install a whole-home surge protector. A whole-home surge protector provides protection to all the electrical devices and appliances connected to your home's electrical system. For even more protection, you may also want to install a lightning arrester, which is designed to intercept and divert the electrical energy from a lightning strike, providing a safe path for it to discharge into the ground.

Short Circuits

During a storm with heavy rain, water may find its way into your house through roof leaks, basement flooding, cracks in walls, or faulty gutters. If the water comes into contact with your wiring, it may cause your power to short circuit and even start an electrical fire. Short circuits can also cause damage to electrical equipment and components such as switches, outlets, circuit breakers, fuses, and wiring. If you experience a short circuit during a storm, it is recommended to turn off the power supply to the affected circuit and call a qualified electrician to identify and rectify the underlying cause. To protect your home and electrical equipment against short circuits, it’s advisable to make sure you have a functional, modern electrical panel in place. If your electrical panel is outdated or exhibiting signs of trouble, call in a professional electrician to help you with electrical panel repair or replacement.

Trust Mr. Electric for All of Your Electrical Repair Needs

Whether you need help preparing your home for bad weather or need electrical repair service, call the professionals at Mr. Electric. Our electricians have been providing reliable services for many years and have the expertise to provide you with high-quality services.

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