Power failures are frustrating and difficult in ways people don't always understand. Being used to having a steady power source, you don't always think of the full effects of a power outage. If the power outage is short, it can be fun to have a cookout on a grill and a family dinner by candlelight. The TV doesn't work, so you might find a movie to watch on your computer, until you realize you don't have enough battery life and there is no way to recharge it. You want to call the power company to find out what is going on, but they put you on hold and again, there's no way to charge your phone battery. You might decide to go out to eat or even stay with friends, but you, your spouse, and your children need to bathe first and there's no hot water.
Your electrical system is an important component of your home. The current running through your system powers your lights and ensures your electronics work as they should. However, that current can also be a source of problems following a thunderstorm that damages your system.
Storm damage can cause headaches for homeowners in the form of electrical equipment damage. Not only does this type of damage leave you with no electricity, it can also be an unexpected financial burden. However, by following the below tips, you can have electricity restored to your home in a safe and secure manner.
Summer storms are bad enough for the damage they cause to your home and the inconvenience of having to make repairs. Winter storms can be worse as they can as much or more damage. When the power goes out in winter, it is scary and potentially dangerous if you aren't prepared to spend some time without power. Most of what you do while at home relies on power, whether hobbies to pass the time or heating the space and keeping yourself and your family comfortable.
You know how to do more than change a light bulb and are able to make some electrical repairs or upgrades yourself. Other repairs require using a licensed electrician. Consider a faulty switch, or non-functioning outlet, for example. It's not a difficult job to buy a new one from a hardware store and replace the old, but do you know what caused the failure in the first place? It may have been a one time power surge, but it may be a short in the wiring leading to the failure. A professional electrician can determine the cause and assure the safety of your family rather than fixing the symptom and hoping for the best.
You’ve probably seen it countless times: an electrical spark at the moment you plug in your hair dryer or blender. There are times when you can safely ignore that electric spark, but there are other times when that spark is a sign that something is wrong with your electrical system. At Harrison Electric, we’ve found that if you’ve experienced the following and you have an electrical spark, you should contact us as soon as possible to avoid an electrical fire.
When storm activity increases, there is always a chance that your electrical system in your home is in danger. In fact, a storm can be the cause of your electrical system if your system isn’t up to par. The following are three potential electrical hazards that a storm can turn into a nightmare.
Every homeowner needs an electrical contractor as some point, whether it’s for repairs, additional electric usage, upgrades or new construction. Although electricians are required to be licensed, not all electricians are the same. Some electricians are more talented than other, some take the job more seriously than others, and some are just better workers all around. When you need an electrical contractor remember although no two jobs are the same they all share certain commonalities you can expect to see happen during the process.
At Harrison-Electric, we understand how complicated your electrical system can be each day. Following a severe storm with strong winds can make matters worse for homeowners. We want you to know how to handle the situation so that you are not in harm’s way. The following are three tips for handling electrical damage following a severe storm.
In general, if you have a mechanical aptitude you can perform some minor electrical work as do-it-yourself projects. At the very least, you can remove the covers on your switches and outlets to paint, and you know how to check your circuit breakers when power goes out. However, most homeowners are going to need a licensed electrician on occasion for a number of reasons.
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