Spring storm season has arrived in St. Louis. In the event of a lightning storm or flash flood, be sure to stay safe and act smart. Thunderstorms can cause several different types of electrical storm damage, including power outage. Keep reading to learn more about what electrical problems can occur and how to deal with them. Once the storm has passed, give us a call. We’re here to help.
Types of Electrical Storm Damage
As a homeowner or business owner, it’s a good idea to be aware of the various types of electrical storm damage that commonly occur during spring (or autumn) storms. Hope for the best, and be prepared for the following:
- Power outage and/or downed power lines
- Electrical appliance or service panel damage due to power surges
- Burned up Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs) due to power surges
- Outside electrical service panel damage, often caused by lightning or downed trees, which may require: Service conduit repair, electric meter repair, main panel repair, service entrance wire repair, wiring repair, ground wire repair
Dealing with the Aftermath
Safety during the storm should be your first priority. Then as soon as the electrical storm or flood has passed, it’s time to assess the damage and get it repaired. Many people make the mistake of thinking that Ameren will take care of any and all electrical storm repairs. Note that if your home’s outside service panel or service entry is damaged during the storm, you will be responsible for getting it fixed (not Ameren). Paramount Electric is fully equipped to handle all types of situations. Our crews can replace or repair your outside service, panel and service entry so that Ameren can turn your power back on. Give us a call at 314-266-6551.
Tips for Preventing Electrical Storm Damage
Here are a few tips to help you prevent these problems from happening in the first place:
- Get your trees trimmed! Make sure any overhead power lines on your property are clear of tree branches. This will help prevent downed trees from doing damage, such as ripping the electrical service off your house.
- Talk to us about installing a whole house SURGE Protector. When professionally installed, your expensive electronics are warrantied.
- In the event of a lightning storm, unplug computers, TVs, and any appliances that may be damaged by a power surge.
- If your power goes out, report the power outage to Ameren (or your local electric provider) right away. And be sure to report any downed power lines.