Protecting against power surges

Walk into your average US home and you’ll see more gadgets hooked into the wall than every before. Appliances, phones, TV’s, internet routers – you name it – it’s using electricity. Not only do these items create a lot of comfort, but they’ve also become a crucial part of our life.

The one thing they all share in common is that they all need electricity. However, with more demands placed on electrical systems than every before – the risk of a power surge is greater than ever before. And power surges can be extremely harmful to those devices and in some cases, lead to a potential safety risk.

Here are some things you can do to safeguard your house from power surges and make sure that your gadgets are up and running. Let’s jump right in!

Make sure you buy quality surge protectors

Surge protectors regulate the amount of power running into certain devices and when you have the right kind of protector – they can flat-out save a device from getting damaged in the event of a power surge. Talk to a licensed electrician about what kinds of reputable protectors there are and even more importantly – what kind of voltage fluctuations you’ll need in order to protect the devices that will be using it.

Don’t do repairs on your own

If you ever have an issue with your electrical system, we strongly recommend that you call a professional immediately. Not only can mistakes lead to surges, but this isn’t like your plumbing system – you can get electrocuted. In even worse case scenarios, you could start a fire. Hire a licensed electrician whenever you’re experiencing issues.
Keep your chords separate

Make sure your chords are both neat and out of the way of an area where they could get stepped on. Believe it or not, most appliance issues or power surges into a particular device come from someone stepping or tripping over a wire and plugs getting caught in/not in a power socket. Keep your surge protectors on, keep them out of sight, keep them neat and keep them in a place where they won’t get walked on.

No water – ever!

Water causes electric shocks when it touches electricity – but it also causes surges into your system. Something as minor as a little moisture can lead to significant short circuits, so keep switches, plugs and anything electrical – AWAY from water at all costs.

Stick to the tips we mentioned here and you’ll cut down on the risk of power surge significantly. If you are experiencing issues or would like someone to do a walkthrough of your home, give us a call today and we’ll give you a free consultation. Good luck!