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Electrical Inspections After Lightning Strikes & Power Surges

If you have experienced a lightning strike or surge event of any type, you should call a professional electrician immediately to evaluate your electrical system. You'll want to check for functionality with your circuit breakers as well as your light switches and any outlets. In addition, check to see if your landlines are working as well.

Lightning strike and electrical power surge can cause a wide variety of problems. These problems can range in severity from being relatively minor in nature to very dangerous. The damage may also be visible or hidden. In case this is the current situation you are in, get in touch with Right Touch Electrical right away. Our professional Houston electricians are available 24/7 and experienced in handling electrical systems that have been affected by lightning strikes or power surges.

Call us now at (281) 645-5526 or use our online form for fast, reliable service. We always have your safety in mind!

Things to Check After a Lightning Strike

In most cases, a major surge event can cause damage to all of the electrical components in your home or business, including damage to the wiring system. The bad news is, if the insulation, connections, conductivity, or grounding of your wiring system has been compromised by a surge event, it presents a significant danger to life and property. The good news, however, is that if you have experienced this type of damage, your insurance company will likely cover this type of claim.

Some of the things to check after a lightning strike:

  • Full or partial power outage - If your home has lost all all power or some power, this is very likely damage caused by the lightning strike.
  • One or more breakers tripped - When a lightning strike has hit your home, it will often times trip your circuit breakers. Check to see if it still functional.
  • Appliances, electronics, or A/C units that no longer work properly - This could be due to the circuit breaker being damaged or that breakers have been tripped.
  • Visible charring at electrical outlets, switches, or wiring - Visually check your electrical outlets as well as other outlets where wiring may be. If you noticed charring, call our expert electricians for help.
  • Smoke detector system not working properly or alarming - If your smoke detector is not working or is alarming, chances are that when the lightning struck it caused a power surge and is now causing the smoke detector to act strangely. Check to see if resetting it will help.

Hidden Electrical Damage from Lightning Strikes & Power Surges

Many times the damage caused by a lightning strike or power surge is internal and is not visible to the naked eye. The things you can’t see are usually the most dangerous. For this reason, if you suspect that your home or business experienced a power surge of any kind, it is imperative that you contact a qualified, professional electrician. This is not the time for amateurs, handymen, or technicians. You need a skilled, licensed, electrician that has been specifically trained for this type of work. The ability to properly evaluate, identify, and resolve electrical problems of this type, requires proper training, equipment, and experience. Not every electrician is good at it. Improperly performed electrical diagnostic work can leave a dangerous situation unaddressed. It can also lead to costly, improper, and unsafe repairs.

Hidden damages may include:

  • Loose or arcing internal wiring connections in the electrical panel, breaker, or in wall outlets, switches, and attic junction boxes
  • Damage to the internal electrical wiring or wiring insulation
  • Damage to the grounding system
  • Damage to major electrical components including the electrical panel, meter base and riser, and main service wiring

When Lightning Strikes, Call Our Trusted Houston Electricians

At Right Touch Electrical, our professional electricians receive specialized training in lightning strike and power surge evaluation. We also have the necessary equipment including MEG/Ohm testing and thermal imaging to properly evaluate internal surge damage. Our safety experts will thoroughly evaluate your entire electrical system, pinpoint the problems, and engineer the correct repair solutions. We will also give you the right information and keep you thoroughly informed throughout the entire discovery process.

Once the inspection and diagnosis are done, our team will go over each repair option available, provide firm pricing for each option, and will courteously answer any questions that you may have. If needed, we are equipped to provide any information required by your insurance company, including a Master Electrician’s Report.

Your safety is our number one priority at Right Touch Electrical. For any electrical service you need after a lightning strike or a power surge, give us a call at (281) 645-5526!

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