Stopping Surges in Their Tracks
May 3, 2019
One of the most frustrating things you can experience as a homeowner is a rogue power surge. These jolts of electricity can fry your expensive electronics, leaving you without critical appliances you may need to go about your routine. And while you can do a few simple things to try and avoid them, sometimes surges figure out how to attack your power grid anyway.
But that doesn’t mean you’re powerless to stop them (no pun intended). With a few smart tips and tricks, you can stop surges in their tracks before they have any chance to zap your much-needed appliances. Here are a few of the most successful ways to do just that from the electrical experts at Weeks Service Co.!
Unplug It All
The first and most obvious solution is also the most time-consuming and strenuous. Power surges funnel their way through your circuitry until they can pass through outlets and into your appliances, so the obvious fix is to remove that path completely.
If you unplug your appliances, the rogue surge has no road to travel down, so to speak. If the cord is out of the outlet, then your appliances are clearly safe. But you’ve got to weigh whether it would be worth it to go through your home, stopping to unplug anything of note every time a storm arrives.
Odds are, it probably isn’t. But if you’d rather live in safety and don’t need a ton of appliances, then it may work for you!
Point-of-Use Surge Protectors
This solution is probably the one you’re most familiar with. Power strips with surge protection are designed to let you consolidate several devices into one hub. That way you aren’t responsible for keeping track of a dozen different plugs in a handful of different outlets – you can put them all in just a couple spots, which you can switch on and off all at once with ease.
However, don’t assume this means you can load up all of your plugs into one surge protector and call it good. Even though these handy devices are designed to bear the electrical load for several things at once, even they will reach a breaking point. Make sure your voltage requirements meet the amount that a surge protector can handle before you buy them.
Whole-Home Surge Protectors
Perhaps you’ve experienced one too many accidental power surges despite your best efforts, or maybe you just don’t want to risk it at all in the first place. If that’s the case, a whole-home surge protector is the right solution.
These are installed in your circuit breaker or fuse box, right where they can stop surges as they enter your home’s electrical grid. It prevents the current from traveling to any of your devices and appliances, and some of the more advanced versions can even pre-emptively shut off power to more sensitive areas if they detect inclement weather.
Weeks Service Co.: Here to Help League City, TX Stop Power Surges Year-Round
Power surges are no fun, and we understand it better than anyone. When you need reliable service from friendly faces who will implement the right surge-protection solution for you and your family, give Weeks Service Co. a call!
We’re available at 281-332-9555, and we’d love to hear from you!