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What Causes Power Surges In A Home?

what causes power surges in a home

A power surge is defined as “an unexpected, temporary increase in the current or voltage of an electrical circuit.” This current increase can be compared to the rush of water that occurs when a dam breaks, and it can be just as damaging. But instead of destroying buildings or trees, it can wipe out anything that uses electricity.  So, what causes power surges in a home?

Causes of Home Electrical Power Surges

Lightning – A lightning strike is by far the most spectacular cause of power surges. It is also one of the most predictable. If you hear thunder or know a storm is approaching, you can take precautions to protect your electronics.

Blackout or intentional power outage – Blackouts occur when too much power is being used at the same time and the grid shuts down. Utility companies occasionally turn off the electricity to entire areas to do maintenance. These two situations don’t actually cause a power surge. It’s the return of electricity afterward that can cause a surge.

Downed utility lines or switching grids – A utility line being damaged or destroyed can send power surges through other operational lines and into your home. If the electric company has to change grids to accommodate usage in a certain area, an electric surge may occur.

Large appliances – This type of surge is minimal and limited to your home. When an appliance that requires a larger amount of electricity shuts off, a small surge may occur and affect more sensitive components.

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges

The best way to protect yourself from home electrical power surges is with surge protection devices. Two types are available. The first one is a surge protector that plugs into your outlet and protects only the devices plugged into it. While effective against some surges, this type will not hold up against extremely strong currents, leaving your electronics susceptible to damage. A quality plug-in surge protector can cost anywhere from $20 to over $100, so don’t use them on items that are inexpensive to replace.

The second type is a whole-house surge protector that is installed at the electric panel. It senses electrical spikes and sends them to the ground instead of allowing them into your home. Whole-house surge protectors are hard-wired into your electric panel and should be installed by a licensed electrician. Many surge protection companies offer warranties against damage when their products are used.

Because larger appliances can cause electrical surges when they power down, avoid plugging sensitive electronics – like a TV or DVD player – into the same circuit as a refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, or air-conditioner.

When you hear thunder or know a storm is on the way, unplug computers, home entertainment systems, and small appliances before lightning strikes. If your power goes out, turn off or unplug electronics and wait a few minutes after the power comes back on before using them.

Rose Brothers & Sons provides electric repairs and installation in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, and is qualified to install surge protection in your home.  Call today, if you need more information about what causes power surges in a home.

 

 

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Finding An Electrical Contractor For Insurance Claims

finding an electrical contractor for insurance claimsYou’ll find that finding an electrical contractor for insurance claims is as easy as calling Rose Brothers & Sons Electric in Northern Kentucky.  We have experiencing working with insurance claims and helping customers who are filing a claim get the electrical repairs they need.  There are a few things you need to be aware of:

Know Your Home Owners Policy and What It Covers

When it comes to homeowners policies, they are all pretty much the same.  The percentages may be different and some things may be covered on one policy that are not covered on another.  Flood Insurance is a separate insurance that is bought separately.  If you have a typical home owner’s policy, floods are not covered.  Water damage by other means are.  Here are some of the things your policy covers that you may not be aware of:

  • repairs to bring your home up to code after damage
  • Burst water pipes
  • Damage from falling objects, including downed trees
  • lightening damage
  • power surges
  • refrigerated items lost from power outages
  • wiring damage
  • damage from the weight of snow

Again, what your particular policy covers may vary to some degree.  Read your policy and talk to your agent if you have questions.

Finding An Electrical Contractor For Insurance Claims

Not all electrical contractors are the same.  Some companies are inexperienced when it comes to doing repairs and some will only handle large repairs.  Rose Brothers & Sons Electric has been servicing insurance claim electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky  for decades.  We have a team of highly skilled electricians who are dedicated to making sure you get the best service available.  We have a reputation with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List because we are dependable.  We’ll get your electrical repairs done right and completed on time.

Avoid electricians or handyman outfits that come knocking on your door after a heavy storm or when damage is evident at your home.  Make sure you hire a reputable company who has the proper insurance and license to do the job.  As you can imagine, electrical repairs must be done correctly to be safe.  You also don’t want someone doing repairs that know nothing about the current building codes.  This might save you a little money now but in the long run when you go to sell your home, you will pay when the work doesn’t pass inspection.  Finding an electrical contractor for insurance claims is just like finding any responsible contractor.  Don’t settle for the cheapest quote or a quote from an inexperienced company.  If you need electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.  We would love to speak with you and offer you an estimate.

 

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