What to do During an Electrical Outage?

Many factors can disrupt electrical service to your homes such as windstorms, monsoons, accidents and other weather. In our region, recent heat waves have also been a major factor in long term power failures. Our homes have many components that depend upon reliable electricity such as heating systems, water supply pumps, sewer pumps, and food refrigeration. The longer the power is out, the greater are the risks for other issues to occur. There are numerous precautionary steps that need to be implemented to minimize these risks.

Short Term Power Outage

The first step in the event of a short term power loss to confirm that your neighbors are also having a similar experience. If not, the problem could be isolated to your home only and you should check your main fuses and circuit breakers to see if any of these have blown or tripped. Simply replacing these fuses or resetting the breakers may restore your electricity. If the problem is not isolated to your home, then you need to contact your electric supplier to report the outage. You also should unplug any appliances with electronic components such as microwaves, televisions, and computers. Many of the newer ranges, refrigerators and small appliances are also using electronic circuit boards so it is prudent to unplug these too. These action steps will help to eliminate electrical surge damage to these appliances when power is fully restored.

Long Term Power Outage

If you experience a long term power outage, there are more significant issues to address. Many homes in our area rely upon power to supply water directly from the city. Air conditioners and heat pumps need to be turned off during outages and you should wait for a period of time before turning these back on once power is restored to prevent mechanical damage. Longer outages also put refrigerated and frozen foods at risk.

Extended Power Outage

Extended outages generally require shutdown of the home and the unplugging of everything. All circuit breakers should be turned off with the exception of one lighting circuit so you will know when the power has been restored.

An Easy Solution

One of the services that we perform at Home Management Professionals is the monitoring and preventative maintenance on our clients’ homes when power outages occur. We are your eyes, ears, and feet on the ground when unexpected events happen to your vacant or vacation home.