Thunderstorms and harsh weather that cause significant damage to your home’s electrical system. However, you can follow these simple tips to protect your property’s electrical system against storms:
#1 BE READY
Do not wait for storms to approach and cause damage to all major electrical systems. Be well prepared prior to the season. This ensures you are well-equipped to handle any problems that may occur. By being ready, there will be no need for you to worry about any problems and you can sit back and relax knowing your home is safe.
#2 PROTECT ALL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS OF YOUR HOUSE
Check all electrical installation of your home on a regular basis. Some of the checks you can conduct include:
Make sure all power points or any faulty points are taken cared of
Call in experts to inspect the electrical fixtures and fittings
Wires that are exposed have to be repaired immediately and waterproofed
Check the cables on your roof and basements, as rats tend to chew on electrical wires (check out some tips here to prevent rodents from damaging your electrical wiring)
Check all indoor electrical equipment and appliances spaces as well
Make sure your stove, oven or any other electrical blankets aren’t compromised
Frayed wires need to be replaced or repaired immediately
#3 POWER OUTAGE
Power outages are pretty common when there are thunderstorms. Even though you cannot predict these blackouts, you can surely be prepared for them. This will prevent even a minor nuisance from turning into a major disaster.
If you’re self-employed and work out of your home, you’d want to protect the data on your computers. It is advisable to get a UPS installed. Storms and power outages will have no effect on the data on your computers, and in addition, they provide uninterrupted power supply.
#5 GENERATOR INSTALLATION
Getting a generator installed is a big investment, and you may rarely use it. However, the great part about having it installed is that you don’t have to worry about blackouts or not being able to access the internet during a power outage. Typically, businesses use generators more often than residential properties. But they can be a useful addition to your home as well. Consider buying a small generator to keep the light and heat on during blackouts, until the power comes back on.
#6 DAMAGED OR BROKEN POWER POINTS
Outdoor power points are extremely common in many houses. This includes pool lights, pumps, outdoor lights, and reticulation boxes. Check all these thoroughly to ensure none of them are broken or damaged in any way making them vulnerable to bad weather.
#7 SAFETY MATTERS
Install a safety switch in your house to ensure none of your family members suffer from an electric shock. Also known as an RCD (Residual Current Device), this switch helps prevent any electrical disasters from occurring. Call in licensed professionals for the installation, and avoid installing it yourself.
#8 KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ANY ELECTRICAL HAZARDS AFTER THE STORM
Once the storm has passed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the danger has gone. Follow the radio and social media for important warnings. If the power hasn’t come back on, contact your local power supplier. Check your property to ensure that none of the electrical cables are damaged, including public power lines.
No matter how enthusiastic you are when it comes down to electrical jobs it is advisable to call in licensed electricians.