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.

How To Get Your Home Ready For Summer Storms


While many people think about winter being the season for inclement weather, there are also quite a few storms that occur in the summer. Depending on where you live, you may deal with hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes, or other types of storms. The following tips will help get you prepared. 

Have Your Portable Generator Inspected

A common thing that occurs when there is a bad storm is that the power goes out. If you have a portable generator, you already have a great way to keep the lights on and use home appliances as needed. However, you still need to have it inspected and maintained so that it works properly. If you haven't looked at since the year before when the power went out previously, now is the time to have it inspected. Call an electrician (such as one from to look at the wiring of the generator and make sure it is still in good condition. This ensures that when you need it, it will work properly.

Cut Trees That Are Close to the Roof

When you have tall trees that are laying against the roof or close to it, you need to trim them. The first problem is that when you have storms with heavy winds, such as heavy rainstorms or hurricanes, those trees can sway and damage the roof's surface. Another potential danger is that the trees might be so high that they hit the power lines or put you at risk of a lightning strike. Call an arborist to have the trees trimmed low enough to where they don't damage your home and don't put you at risk of electrical or fire dangers. Also, be careful about trees that might crash through the windows during a bad summer storm.

Prepare a Storm Preparedness Kit

It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit at home with everyone your family will need in the event of a power outage or if you need to stay in your home until the storm passes. This includes having plenty of bottled water, non-perishable food items, and specialty items for infants and pets. Also, make sure you have a first aid kit that is fully stocked, flashlights and batteries, and fully-charged cell phones just in case yours is not charged when the power goes out.

Secure Your Windows Before Hurricanes

Another danger to your home as a result of storms like hurricanes is damage to your windows. The heavy winds often cause debris in your yard or on your patio to fly up and break through the windows. Start by making sure the windows are secure with no gaps or cracks. You might also want to have strong storm windows installed. Additionally, if you know a storm is coming, put away lawn furniture or secure it to the ground.


22 April 2016