What You Need to Know About Electrical Surges

Electrical spikes are brief, typically only lasting less than a thousandth of a second, but the potential damage they can do to your home and electrical appliances is severe. They are an underrated threat that, unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware of. 

As your local electrical contractors, we know only too well how potentially dangerous these electrical spikes are. In this post, our experts at Bailey Shipp Electric discuss what you need to know about electrical surges and spikes.

What Causes the Surge?

There are many ways an electrical surge can occur. Switching on a high-power electrical device, such as a refrigerator, an air-conditioning unit, or a computer can create a brief spike in the electrical current. Lightning strikes are another common source of power surges; in fact, the lighting strike doesn’t have to be close to you to cause a spike.

The two most common causes of power spikes are tripped circuit breakers and short circuits in the wiring system. Fortunately, wiring problems are easier to address. You simply need to call a local electrician like us to solve the troublesome wiring in your home.

How Dangerous Is a Power Spike?

Power surges and electrical spikes are an underrated threat. When conditions aren’t “right”, such as when your home has faulty wiring, a brief surge can damage or even outright destroy electrical appliances. In a worst case scenario, the surge can start a fire.

How Do I Protect My Home?

Surge protectors are widely promoted as a definite way to protect your home from an electrical spike. However, your average protector isn’t actually strong enough to secure your electronics and appliances. As a general rule, the bigger the surge protector, the better. Look for one that lists 600 joules or higher. That’s usually enough to protect your home from a surge as a result of a lightning bolt.

The best way to protect your home is a whole house surge protector that is hooked up to your electrical panel. These provide surge protection from the outside in. We promote these surge protectors and install them almost daily.

Bailey & Shipp Electric has highly trained residential and commercial electrical contractors. Our reliable team of electricians will help you properly secure your home from the dangers of electrical spikes and surges. Call us today at (410) 457-3507 to learn more about our services. We are local electrical contractors serving homeowners throughout Washington, DC.