Electrical surges can result in damage that is often irreparable for many kinds of electronics or appliances. Electronic appliances, gadgets and computers are used almost every day in our homes. An electrical surge can even cause computers to lose data.
There are a number of factors that can lead to power surges, including load shedding and lightning strikes during an electrical storm but there are also ways to prevent the damaging effects of a power surge. Efforts to prevent or shorten the “lifespan” of popular devices and appliances with large surges can be destructive in the short term, but larger disruptions can cause permanent damage over time. Several smaller power surges can result in incremental damage accumulating over time. In addition to surges that occur as a result of power grid switching processes, there are also surges related to malfunctions within transmission lines or transformers.
You can detect a power surge by these four indicators and try to limit or prevent the damaging effects of a power surge: In the vicinity of the device there may be a burning smell, Flashing clocks or lights on, Some surge protectors and power strips need to be reset or if the device does not appear to be working.
7 Easy ways to prevent the damaging effects of a power surge:
- Electric devices and appliances should not be connected to the plug source during a power outage. In addition to saving your valuables, this can also help you conserve energy.
- Protect your electric mains board with surge protectors and use plug adapters. DB boards should be protected by a certified electrician if you want to use surge plug adaptors. Surges are typically diverted into the round instead of flowing into the circuit where your valuables are connected.
- Don’t overload your power outlets, especially with appliances that use a lot of electricity such as computers, laptops, widescreen TVs or modems or routers, should have dedicated outlets.
- You may wish to purchase a UPS (uninterruptible power supply). Furthermore, you can still use your computer during a load shedding period. This will not prevent the damaging effects of a power surge but combined with proper surge protection provide more stable power supply.
- Power strips with surge protection should be used. As a result of power surges, power is prevented from flowing from your plugged in device or appliance, to prevent the damaging effects of a power surge.
- You should have a certified electrician perform a proper inspection of your appliance wiring to make sure you can sufficiently provide safe power to them. If necessary, an upgrade can be recommended.
- Check the details of your home insurance policy. Do you have coverage for power surges? It’s important to be clear about the terms and conditions. This way, your valuables will be covered should a power surge happen and you need to repair or replace them.