Storm Damage Electrical Repair
When nature strikes, it can be extremely destructive. Even small storms can cause widespread power outages. What should you do after a storm? Coping with the aftermath of a storm and the resulting repairs and insurance claims can be difficult and frustrating, but the first thing you want to do is make sure everyone is safe.
After a storm, if you notice any downed power lines or low-hanging wires, stay far away and report it immediately to the authorities or your local power company. Never run a generator in an enclosed space and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
After making sure you and your loved ones are safe, inspect your property for storm damage, especially the electrical system. If you don’t have power, report the outage to your utility provider. It’s important to repair any leaks or electrical damage as soon as possible. Do not enter a flooded home or basement until a qualified electrician has deemed it safe.
Common Electrical Storm Damage Repairs
While the electrical meter itself and the service lines are the property and responsibility of the utility, you (the customer) are responsible for the meter box, the riser, attachment hardware, and the weather head. Basically if your meter box or the pole attached to it gets damaged, a certified electrician must restore the property to code before the power company can restore service.
Here are the most common types of electrical storm damage:
- Power outages and downed power lines
- Damaged electrical equipment and service panels
- Dead outlets and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)
- Outside electrical service damage:
- Service conduit
- Electrical meter
- Main panel
- Service entrance wires and hardware
- Wiring and ground wiring
- Riser and weather head
If your property is damaged after a storm in Atlanta, contact the certified electricians at Aardvark Electric to get your power restored and home up to code in no time. We’ll walk you through the entire process, including insurance claims, permits, and communication with the utility company.
For All Your Electrical Needs, Call Aardvark Electric!