Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

After we moved into a house that seemed to have a lot of electrical problems, I had to learn how to troubleshoot things and fast. I learned how to flip the switch on my circuit breaker, deal with tripped GFCI outlets, and even how to rewire an outlet with the power off. It was a lot of work, but I was able to save a lot of money on professional services. However, after trying in vain to fix my circuit breaker on my own, I realized that I needed some help from an expert. A professional came out, took apart my panel and fixed everything. This blog is all about troubleshooting electrical issues and when to call a pro.

Things To Keep In Mind During An Extended Power Outage

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As the summer weather approaches, so do the torrential rainstorms that are so notable this time of year. Summertime is one of the best times to get ready for possible power outages at your home or business. The following are some things you can do in the event of a power outage to remain safe and prevent as much loss to your property as possible:

Report The Outage

The first step is to report the power outage to the electric company. Do not assume that someone else in your area has already done so. It is possible that only a portion of the area was affected, so make sure the electric company knows about the outage at your location.

Do Not Drink Tap Water

During a power outage, avoid drinking any water from the tap until your municipality has notified you that it is safe to do so. It may be fine to bathe and wash dishes in the water during an outage, however. Keep in mind that you will only have cold water until the power is restored.

Keep The Refrigerator And Freezer Doors Shut

To keep the items in your refrigerator and freezer as fresh for as long as possible, avoid opening the doors unless it is absolutely necessary. If your power outage is short, typically less than a couple hours, your food should be fine to eat. However, any outages longer than that may require you to dispose of some food items, such as meats and dairy products. Deep freezers will stay frozen for several days as long as they remain closed at all times.

 Know Where To Go

If your local weather services states that your area will be out of power for a long period of time for major weather events like hurricanes or tornadoes, you should have a place to evacuate to until your power is restored. This is especially important for homes that have young children, elderly, or those who are disabled and require electricity to operate medical equipment. During the hot summer weather, the inside temperature can climb very quickly, which can be very dangerous. Know ahead of time where you can go well in advance of a storm so there will be no confusion among your family.

Be Cautious With Generator Use

If you plan to stay behind during an extended outage and power your home with a generator, be sure you fully understand how they work before using them. They should only be placed outdoors, as they emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide if used in a room or garage. Also, never try to plug in anything directly from your breaker box. This could cause serious damage to your home, your health, and can even start a fire.

Contact a local electrician, like those at Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc or a similar location, for more tips and information.

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20 April 2016