Every summer, more and more homes experience outages in their electric systems. As a top Dallas Electrician, my electricians and I see the effects of these outages every day. They can be devastating, and cause a lot of damage. In fact, the insurance industry pays out over $1 billion in damages annually in claims caused by outages and power surge damage. Most outages are caused by the weather, but there are different kinds of weather can cause an outage. This even includes weather that doesn’t produce lighting damage like the massive ice storms we saw during Super Bowl week this year that left hundreds of thousands without power (and, more importantly, without heat!) during one of the worst winter storms in years. Summer storms can produce devastating tornadoes that can knock out power for miles around the area they touch down in, and many hurricanes begin to build in the summer and early fall, causing catastrophic results even outside of the disaster zone. Hurricane Ike left over two million people without power when it hit southeast Texas in 2008, and not all of them were in the impact zone.
Not every outage comes from something as dramatic as a hurricane or tornado. A lightning strike, even as far as half a mile away, can potentially cause damage to your delicate electrical equipment and appliances. Often, large-scale outages can occur when lightning strikes a transformer.
Learn how to protect your home and appliances from lightning strike and power surge damage.
Outages don’t just occur because of bad weather: many outages are caused by power equipment switching to accommodate the heavy load people put on the power grid. Our power grid is already having trouble with its current load, and the problem only grows as more and more people use more and more electricity. Summer in Dallas and Fort Worth is the perfect examples. It’s when people are running their air conditioners constantly. This puts an incredible load on local and state power grids. This leads to government agencies putting out warnings almost every summer about potential power outages, threatening brownouts and blackouts unless people conserve energy.
These outages aren’t damaging in themselves, but they leave open the possibility for electrical power surge damage. You’ve probably noticed that when the power comes back on after an outage, it often flickers on and off quickly as the power grid attempts to get the electricity flowing back into your lines. This stop-and-start action creates surges that can easily damage unprotected electronics or appliances. Having a nice TV damaged like this is a very expensive hassle, and you can imagine how much more expensive and uncomfortable it could be if the surge takes out your air conditioner and refrigerator!
So, what can you do to keep power outages and power surges from affecting you?
- It’s extremely important that you use surge protectors on outlets with electrical equipment to help protect from the effects of outages and lightning damage.
- It’s also important that your electrical panel is wired correctly with a built-in surge protector at the panel, and that your wiring is up to code. Top Dallas Electricians can make sure your home or business is prepared for the effects of these outages, and that your valuables are protected.
- Even better, there are generator options that can allow your home and business to keep their power on even when the grid fails, avoiding the problem of outages and surges entirely!
Some of these options can even help you save money on your electric bill without the hassle of gas, fumes, or noise pollution.
For more information about a generator solution for your home or business, check out ElectricMan’s blog post on indoor generators. When needing to know how to prevent power surge damage or electrical assistance with power you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call!