4 Ways To Prepare Your Home's Electrical System For Winter

24 June 2015
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When you live in an area that has severe winter weather, you will have some unique home care techniques to perform to ensure that your home continues to be warm, comfortable, and livable through this season. The extra care you may need to do can include plumbing care, fire protection care, and even electrical care. The electrical system in your home is prone to damages, since the severe weather conditions can cause overheating from running the heater throughout the day and night and it can cause a power outage as well. Here are four ways to ensure that you won't be experiencing these issues this winter:

  1. Check Power Lines: The power lines that connect to your home should be clear of trees. During the winter, a heavy storm can cause trees to fall and collapse. If these trees land on your power line, then your whole home can lose power in an instant. If you notice trees that could be an issue, contact the city if the trees are not on your property. The city will inspect these trees and potentially remove them if they have the same concerns that you do. 
  2. Check for Leaks: Winter weather means wet conditions. If you notice any leaks, no matter how small, near electrical sources in your home, you must be sure that you have the leaks repaired right away. The wet conditions can cause any leak to become severely worse. 
  3. Check Cords: All cords used for electronics in your home should be checked for any fraying or other damage. If you notice anything, it is best to hire a professional electrician, like Attaboy Electric Service LLC, to take a look at these damages and replace any cords or make repairs on the cords for you. If these damages aren't repaired, electrocution becomes a huge concern, especially in wet conditions that the winter weather brings.
  4. Check for Overload: Be sure that you are aware of all electrical sources that are being used in your home daily. Consider unplugging certain things that you don't use often and always unplug something once you are done using it. Since you will likely be running your heater throughout the day and night during the winter, if you aren't checking and unplugging things that aren't being used, a circuit overload is likely.  

By knowing how you can prepare the electrical system in your home for winter, not only will you protect yourself from potential power outages, but also from huge safety hazards, such as fire.