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Top Risks for Power Outages this Spring

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
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Living in Michigan, we understand how unpredictable weather can be. But one thing you can count on this spring is that there are going to be thunderstorms. With thunderstorms comes the chance of a power outage, and as the weather warms up, losing power could mean losing money in food waste and other damages. Here are the top power outage risks to watch out for this spring.

High winds

One of the most destructive parts of a thunderstorm is the high winds that are usually created. High winds have the power to knock out power grids in a number of ways. First, they can affect the power lines directly, loosening parts that need to be connected to keep power running. Even if these parts hold strong, falling trees and branches are the bigger risk. If a strong wind pulls a heavy branch loose, and that branch lands on a power line, that will knock power out for hours at least.

Rainstorms

We should see at least a few heavy rainstorms this spring, and that can wreak havoc on electrical systems. When the rain picks up, floods and flash floods are always a concern. With heavy enough flooding, it can affect both underground and above-ground electrical systems which will lead to a power outage.

Lightning

While rarer than the previous causes, if lightning strikes, your home’s power supply is in trouble. Since electrical lines are often connected to tall poles, lighting has a chance to affect them. Lighting strikes can take out whole transformers, which will be a complicated fix.

Snow

If you’ve thought we’ve had enough snow already, don’t speak too soon. Historical data shows that it’s not impossible to get snow in April or even May. Heavy enough snow or serious freezing can damage power lines and cause an outage.

Animal damage

We can’t control everything, and wild animals are certainly included in that. If a squirrel, raccoon, rat, or any other animal decides to chew through a power line, you could be looking at a day without power in your home.

The best preparation for power outages

There’s no way to defend your home or city’s power grid against most of these natural causes of power outages. The next best thing you can do is to prepare in case your power goes out. The best defense against a power outage is to have a generator ready to go. If you don’t, you could be looking at potentially hundreds of dollars of food waste in the food that will spoil once your fridge and freezer turn off.

Food waste isn’t the only concern though. If it’s cold enough, losing power could mean frozen pipes, which would then mean a costly cleanup and repair. You also run the risk of damaging electrical appliances when the power goes out suddenly, and most are not cheap to replace.

Lakepointe Electric | Wide selection of standby generators

So, if you want to be prepared and save money and stress in the long run, consider getting a generator for your home. Lakepointe Electric offers standby generators for a range of prices and electrical needs. We offer generators with power outputs from 12 kW up to 35 kW. What you need depends on what you’ll need to power. Our experts can help you figure out what’s best for you, considering what you’ll definitely need to power and the extra things that you may want for convenience or entertainment. We can also install these standby generators in your home so that they switch on as soon as you lose power, so that you’re not stuck in the dark.

To learn more about what generators we offer and what generator you need, give us a call at (586) 204-8451 or send in an online contact form for more information!