Spring Electrical Issues and Tips

As the snow melts and the sun begins to shine, it is important to perform upkeep of your electrical equipment and take proper safety precautions. Here are some common issues to look out for this spring, and some tips to provide proper safety with household equipment.


Common Springtime Issues

Common Springtime Issues


Wind and Rain

Strong winds and rain are very common during the spring season. Be prepared for any sudden power outages that can occur from trees falling onto power lines. These outages can cause costly repairs to your electrical system in your home or business. In extreme cases, when trees get connected with high voltage cables, it can cause fire. To defend against any possible destruction, consult with an electrical professional who can protect your equipment from natural calamities.


Lightning

Spring lightning storms can also be a cause of power outages. A lightning strike to a power source can cause substantial damage. If this happens to you, consult a professional to replace damaged components and make repairs as soon as possible.


Pests

Pests like mice, rats, and squirrels become more active during the spring season. They can get into your walls and chew on wiring. It is important to do your best to keep pests away from your house and electrical equipment at all times. If you start to experience flickering lights or outages, call an electrical professional immediately. If left unattended, damage from pests can cause a risk of fire.


Filters, Ducts, and Vents

As spring begins, make sure to clean all filters, ducts, and vents. This is an essential measure to take before the hot months begin. Check and clean the dryer vent and other exhaust vents to the exterior and interior of your home. Certain vents such as the bathroom vent can be cleaned by household cleaners. For bigger items like the air conditioner, consult a professional to make sure that your appliance is in top condition for the spring and summer months.

Inspect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Inspect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Spring is the perfect time to check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, especially since weather elements can cause a potential fire. Your detectors should have a test button. If the alarm sounds, your detectors are good to go. If not, immediately replace the batteries and test the system again. If your detectors are no longer working, there could be possible battery corrosion which means it’s time for an upgrade. Talk to a professional if you need to install a new smoke or carbon monoxide detector.


Check the Fire Extinguisher

Another measure to avoid common electrical problems is to inspect your fire extinguisher. Make sure that your fire extinguisher is in an accessible location, the gauge has adequate pressure, and there are no visible signs of wear. Check the expiration date on your extinguisher and replace as necessary. If you do not own a fire extinguisher, make sure to get one. Consult a professional if you have any questions or concerns about your fire extinguisher.


Inspect the Electrical System

To take preventative measures before the spring season, you can call an electrical professional to perform a full electrical inspection. Never conduct an inspection on your own because it can be very dangerous. To determine if you need an inspection, check all of your outlets. If anything is warm to the touch, discolored, or making an abnormal noise, consult an electrician as soon as possible.


Safety Tips

With spring comes increased outdoor activity and home projects! Here are some tips to ensure safety when dealing with electrical systems this spring.

  • Keep power cords and electrical equipment away from water and wet areas

  • Be aware of overhead power lines and make sure not to touch them

  • Keep all tools and body parts at least 15 feet away from powerlines when doing home projects

  • Never let kids fly kites or other toys near power lines, especially if they include metal

  • Before using power tools, always inspect cords to make sure they are not frayed or damaged

  • Keep tools unplugged and stored in a dry, safe place when not in use

  • Before cutting any tree limbs, make sure there are no hidden power lines that could be in the way

  • Do not use an electric lawnmower on wet grass or around water, always use an insulated extension cord designed for outdoor use

  • Take caution to all electric lines and avoid any hazardous activities

Contact Electrical Plus

This spring, if you have any questions or hesitations regarding an electrical concern, call Electrical Plus. Electrical Plus is happy to help with electrical services for any budget. If you are ever unsure of the proper measures to take with electrical equipment, it is best to contact a professional and avoid any chance of damage. For more information visit us at https://www.electricalplus.net/ or give us a call at (484) 459-4940!