How Surge Protection Protects Your Home from Disaster

How Surge Protection Protects Your Home from Disaster

If you enjoy the convenience of electricity in your home, it’s not a matter of if, but rather when an unexpected power outage will occur. Nothing is more heart-wrenching than discovering ruined electrical devices as a result. Investing in proper surge protection as a means of preserving your appliances and equipment is the best way you can protect your home from disaster.

How Surge Protectors Work

Electrical surges can be devastating to your electrical devices and appliances. Surges happen like this:

  1. When the flow of electricity exceeds the normal 120 volts, it is called a surge.
  2. Surges usually last about three nanoseconds, or three billionths of a second.
  3. If a surge lasts one or two nanoseconds, it’s called a spike.
  4. The increased voltage happens when power is restored following a power outage.
  5. The amount of electricity that rushes through is so forceful, it sometimes burns out circuits.

The use of surge protection slows down the intensity of the voltage, preventing it from reaching the electrical devices with full force. The electrical current is diverted to the wires of the outlet, where the protector, if you have one, is located.

Also known as surge suppressors, these home protection devices come in different levels to meet varying needs. They are needed because, even if the damages caused to unprotected items are not immediate, over time, the extra pressure of a surge wears on the wiring and other electrical components.

Installing a Surge Protector

One of our electricians will assist in determining your specific requirement in the way of a surge protector. Expensive appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, microwaves, and dryers are costly items that require extra protection. Additionally, electronic equipment like computers, printers, musical keyboards, and recording devices are also at risk and may need electrical repairs if left unprotected.

As long as lightning and other natural disasters exist, power outages are unavoidable. When these events do happen, they often result in damages to electronic devices and costly electrical repairs.

A Sugar Land electrician from Trademark Home Services can help you better protect your home. Call us at (281) 819-5852.