Issue #1: Power outages resulting from summer storms. The warmth of the season brings with it an increased number of thunderstorms. The wind from these storms can damage the outdoor wiring to your house, resulting in disruption to its electrical supply. Lightening also causes sudden power surges that can result in overloading your home’s electrical system. These surges can seriously damage the appliances and devices in your home, and are even capable of causing a fire.
The solution: While you can’t avoid summer storms, you can take action to minimize the havoc they wreak on your electrical supply. Investing in a whole-home surge protector removes the risk of damaging power surges. A whole-home generator can keep your HVAC, refrigerator, lights, and more operational without skipping a beat when the power goes out for an extended period of time.
Issue #2: Increased electrical overload. In the summer months, your air conditioning is on most of the time, the refrigerator runs more often, and the kids are home from school using the TV and other electronics. This extra electrical consumption can easily cause an overload of your home’s electrical system. Would you recognize the signs? Flickering lights, overheated receptacles, buzzing sounds, and tripped circuit breakers are all commons signs that overloading has occurred.
The solution: If you find yourself faced with these scenarios, it’s time to have your electrical panel evaluated and potentially replaced. This will resolve the issues and keep your home and family safe, as well.
Issue #3: Outdoor receptacle issues. With summer comes water activities in the pool or spa, as well as drenching rains. If water or dirt enters your outdoor the outlets, it could result in electrical surges and shocks. Ensure that your home’s exterior electrical receptacles are kept clean and free of moisture.
The solution: Receptacle covers are inexpensive to buy and install. They prevent the intrusion of water and debris, keeping the outlet and its socket clean and dry.
Issue #4: Downed power lines. Summer storms often result in damaged and fallen power lines. These cables transport extremely high voltage electrical energy. It cannot be overemphasized how important it is to stay away from them. Venturing too close to a power line can create an opportunity for the electricity to flow to your body or an adjacent object, resulting in serious injury and even death.
The solution: If you see a fallen power line, exit the area and call 911 immediately.