Your home is a jungle of electrical wires, cables, and devices. Most if not all of these devices run on delicate circuitry that can easily get fried should something happen. In most cases, power surges can easily destroy your appliances and devices. Are you ready to take one head on?
What is a Power Surge?
Power surges are what happens when there’s a sudden burst of electricity hitting your electrical system. This sudden discharge can damage vital circuits in many devices. They are extremely dangerous as not only are your devices at risk of getting bricked but your home is also at risk of catching fire. These surges can be caused by several things from a lightning strike to a transformer in power stations going haywire.
The worst part, however, is the fact that not even the best protective measures are good enough to completely shield your home from a power surge. Especially if the surge is particularly powerful. The best thing you can do is to minimize the damage they cause to your home and appliances.
Protection From Power Surges In Your Home
Protecting your devices from power surges can be complicated. It is nearly impossible to know when a power surge will strike. When you do realize it does happen, it’s already too late. Most surges last for less than a second. Preparation is key for making sure the damage is done is at a minimum.
Unplug Devices During Terrible Weather
This is the best precaution you can take. When you want to make sure that your devices stay alive after a surge. Power surges are more common during bad weather as this type of weather brings lightning strikes and strong winds. These forces of nature can easily damage existing infrastructure. They can’t be damaged by a power surge if they aren’t even connected to the main power grid. An alternative is to completely shut off your power with your electrical panel instead of waiting for the weather to do it for you.
Make Sure Your Electrical System is in Top Condition
Faulty wiring can be especially dangerous if a power surge decides to hit your home. The excessive electricity will set anything flammable around alight. The best way to prevent this is to make sure that your electrical system is maintained. If you’re already doing regular maintenance then you’re already partially ready to take on power surges.
Invest in Surge Protection Devices
Surge protection devices are a great addition to any homeowner’s arsenal to protect their homes. These devices make sure that a surge has to get through them before reaching more sensitive devices like computers and plugged in phones. They come in many different forms such as power strips and electrical panel upgrades.
Locate Overloaded or Faulty Circuits
A great way to locate an overloaded or faulty circuit is to look for places where dozens of other devices are connected. These devices all draw power from the same source and any surge going through them will severely damage the appliances. The best way to fix this is to look for a professional electrician to create new circuits or sockets dedicated to large appliances.
JCP Electric has over 25 years of experience in diagnosing and repairing electrical power surges. Call us 24/7 for emergency repairs or schedule a consultation with one of our master electricians to get an estimate.