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Tips To Protect Your Home From Electrical Surges

April 24, 2023

Surges in electricity can cause serious damage to your home and appliances. They are also a major cause of fires which can pose a threat to your family and property. But while major electrical surges are a rare occurrence, small surges are actually a common thing in your home. An average home experiences about twenty small power surges every day which can significantly damage your home’s electrical system down the line. In this blog, we will reveal what causes electrical surges and how you can protect your home from them. 


What causes electrical surges in your home?


A power surge can be caused by:

  • Downed power lines
  • Power lines suffering physical damage (e.g. tree branches touching the power lines, snow, ice)
  • Lighting
  • Wiring problems
  • Increasing demand for power consumption

While electrical surges are unavoidable, they are also preventable. 


Tips to protect your home from electrical surges


The following are the tips that will help you protect your home from power surges.


Consider installing a surge protector 


A surge protector is a quick and low-cost technique to safeguard pricey equipment from power surges at home. They may not offer lightning protection, but they can offer protection from the damage brought on by the frequent, low-voltage surges your home experiences daily. Surge protectors are installed by a master electrician, so call local electrical companies to inquire about surge protector installation services and book yours. 


Get a comprehensive wiring inspection done by a master electrician


Wiring problems can not only cause power surges but also create major fire hazards. Having a master electrician inspect your electrical system and wiring may reveal old or uncovered wires, weak insulation, or wires not rated to support modern devices. A master electrician will provide you with a detailed report on your wiring system and provide recommendations on how to keep your house safe.


Unplug appliances and electronics during the storm


Whole-home surge protectors provide good protection from lighting and power surges. However, the best and most reliable way to safeguard your appliances and electronics during the storm is to unplug them beforehand. So remember to turn off your electrical devices before a storm hits. 


If you would like to learn more about protecting your home from electrical surges, reach out to us at A.S. Electrical Ltd., a professional and licensed electrical company in Toronto and the GTA. We have years of experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems, including surge protectors. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial electrical services in Toronto and the GTA and are always ready to help. Call us today!