3 Common Causes of Electrical Issues in the Spring

Most homeowners, even those without a working knowledge of electrical work, know that springtime is the trickiest time of the year when it comes to your electrical system. Spring is when electricians are at their busiest because of the change in weather. In today’s post, trusted residential and commercial electrical contractors from Bailey & Shipp share the three most common electrical problems that rear their ugly heads in the springtime.  

High Winds

Strong winds are very common in the spring. While this in itself won’t necessarily cause problems for your electrical system, a strong gust can blow trees and large branches over onto power lines near your home or business, causing power fluctuations and outages. This sudden disruption in the power supply can damage the electrical system on your property. 


Lightning storms frequently occur in the springtime in most areas of the United States, and trees and other high objects such as power lines can be a magnet for lightning strikes. A lightning strike on a power pole near your building can cause a power surge which could damage your power lines and even your electronics. If this happens, be sure to give your local power company a call as well as your trusted electrical contractors


Pests such as mice, rats and squirrels are also a leading cause of electrical problems in the spring. They like to start moving around at this time of year, and they can nest in your home and chew on your wiring. These unwanted guests can cause flickering lights and even a fire if left undisturbed.

If you’re looking for a trusted electrician in Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, look no further than Bailey & Shipp. For all your electrical needs, whether commercial or residential, be sure to give us a call at (410) 457-3507 or fill out our contact form to speak to one of our experts today.

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