What Do Repeated Commercial Power Outages Mean?

3 October 2017
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You get to office after a long weekend and notice that your electricity went out when nobody was there. These power outages can cause serious damage to your equipment leading to costly repairs or replacements. When you're facing chronic power outages, you could be dealing with one of these problems.

Plants and Trees

If you haven't been having your trees routinely trimmed, tree branches could fall on your poles or power lines. In areas with extreme weather, you should have your trees trimmed every year. Overgrown vines can also weasel their way into places and cause disruptions. If you were just facing a huge storm, stop by your office or warehouse to make sure the power didn't go out.

Age

Electrical wiring and power lines age just like the rest of us. If you're experiencing frequent outages, aged equipment and wires is one of the most likely culprits. Aging wiring not only cause power outages, which can ruin any equipment you have plugged in, but could cause surges, electrical shock, and even fire.

You actually might not even know when your wiring was installed. You probably won't be able to tell with the naked eye if age is the problem, so you should call your electrician.

Weather

Extreme weather is one of the most common causes of outages. In the winter, ice and snow can weigh heavily on your power lines, maybe even causing them to snap. Strong winds can also pull down power lines and poles, while a lightning strike can cause surges and bring down poles. Talk to your commercial electricians about installing lightning arrestors to avoid damage to high voltage equipment.

Animals

Animals can wreak havoc on your electrical system. Large birds can bring down power lines, while moles can disrupt your wiring with their digging and rats can chew your wires up. If none of the above were issues, look into pests as the potential source of your problem. Check to see if any of your wires have been chewed or if there are holes outside that could indicate moles. In the winter, animals might be attracted to your electrical wiring or equipment because they give off heat.

There's nothing worse than losing power. Not only does it stop a normally productive day dead in its tracks, but losing A/C just isn't good for employee moral. Try to pinpoint the cause of your problem. For more information, contact a business such as Plymouth Electric Inc.