Safety First: How to Protect Your Home

Generator owners can find it reassuring to know they’ll have backup power in case of an outage during a storm. They can use their portable generators to power essential equipment such as portable heating units, computers, water pumps, freezers, refrigerators and lighting. If you are using a portable generator for temporary power, you have to use caution and take the necessary safety measures. Portable generators can be dangerous if used improperly, which can lead to injury.

The National Safety Council recommends the following tips for safe generator use:

  • Read the manufacturer’s safety and operating manual before using your generator.
  • Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space or other enclosed areas.
  • Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents or doors.
  • Use a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in the area you are running a generator.
  • Allow the generator engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling and always use fresh gasoline. (Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable.)
  • Maintain your generator according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
  • Never operate the generator near combustible materials.
  • Use caution when touching your generator. Many areas become hot and can burn you.
  • Never leave your generator running when you are away from your home.
  • Check your generator regularly during operation.
  • Generators produce powerful voltage, so never operate under wet conditions.
  • Take precautions to protect your generator from exposure to rain and snow.

For more than 20 years, Saturn Electrical Services is your top-rated local expert for complete turnkey installations and reliable service of Generac generators. Your safety is our top priority. Contact us today for more information on how you can protect your home and family without any worry of power interruptions.

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Taking the Right Safety Precautions

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Unfortunately severe thunderstorms can sometimes cause serious damage to a home. After heavy rainstorms some homeowners experience water damage and may find themselves walking into a flood zone in their basement.

If the power goes out during a flood, your generator can be used to help you avoid water damage. If you own a portable generator, you can use your portable generator during a power outage to power a sump pump to remove water from your basement and home before flooding and water damage occurs. However, to avoid danger, you must use the portable generator correctly and take the proper safety precautions, such as the following:

  • Do not let the generator run indoors or in any enclosed area, even if the room has ventilation. Generators produce harmful and deadly fumes, such as carbon monoxide. Use the generator outdoors, far away from your home and any area where people could possibly inhale the fumes. This is a very important safety measure to follow, and taking any shortcuts for convenience is not recommended.
  • Make sure that your generator is installed properly. With more than 20 years of experience, Saturn Electrical Services technicians are qualified, licensed and reliable electricians who can ensure that your installation is correct and meets local electrical codes.
  • Make sure that your generator is connected correctly to avoid electrical hazards.

Contact us today to ensure that your home and generator have met the safety requirements to protect your home against a flood.

Is it Worth it to Waterproof Your Home?

Cleaning up your home after a basement flood is not only an expensive repair – it could also take weeks to fix the damage.

The estimated cost for six inches of water in a 1,000 square footage home is over $20,000, and your home insurance may not cover the damage.

The best method is prevention, and some companies may try to convince you to deal with water intrusion by waterproofing your home on the outside. Professional waterproofing may require excavating to the footing (or the bottom) of the foundation, replacing drainage tile and treating the walls.

Proper waterproofing is an involved process. It is very difficult for companies to accomplish this in a timely manner, with minimal damage to property and little or no inconvenience to their customers. This is why Saturn Electrical Services suggests acquiring an automatic standby generator.

Without an automatic standby generator, your chances of returning home to water damage and frozen water pipes after a flood is higher than homeowners who have generators. Even if you have a sump pump or sewer pump installed, you will still need a generator to provide power in cases of a power outage.

An automatic standby generator will provide electric services to your furnace, air conditioner, refrigerator and your sump pump even when electricity is not available.

Contact us today to provide the right generator to protect your home against flooding.

Homeowner Restoration – When Waterproofing is Not Enough


Imagine returning home to water damage because your refrigerator leaked when you were away on vacation. The costs of home restoration can put a serious dent in your pockets, as water removal and mold remediation can costs thousands of dollars. The average cost of water damage restoration varies depending on a variety of factors, but it is estimated to cost $5,000 (this amount could be higher or lower depending on the actual damage).

If you’re away from home, the last thing you want to worry about is returning to water damage and a hefty bill caused by a storm. A power outage in a home without a generator can cause numerous problems, ranging from flooding and food spoilage to mold and frozen pipes. Homeowners who own generators can have relief knowing that their generators will automatically start right after a power outage.

Severe storms can happen anywhere. One way to waterproof your home and decrease your risk of water damage is to purchase a generator to provide the backup you need during a storm. Purchase the correct generator, and enjoy your time away from home without worrying.

For more information on safeguarding your home with a backup plan, contact Saturn Electrical Services today to discuss the best Generac generator for you and your family’s needs.

Severe Weather Preparedness: How to Create a Customized Disaster Plan

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Do you have a plan in place for your family in the event of an emergency? It’s not always possible to know when a disaster will happen but it’s important to be prepared for severe weather and other events. Your backup generator can provide power and keep the lights on in your home during an outage, but there are other important safety measures to consider.

Make sure every family member knows the safe spots in your home and where to go during a severe storm, such as the basement or lower level room without windows during a tornado.

Create an emergency supply list and check your supplies throughout the year to make sure you are fully stocked. Your home emergency kit should be located in a storage area that is easily accessible. Your kit should include the following:

  • batteries
  • a three-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • can opener (non-electrical)
  • flashlights
  • radio
  • first aid kit with any prescriptions
  • blankets

Once you have your emergency kit in place, you’ll also want to make sure your generator is working properly before severe weather hits. Contact us today for assistance with testing your generator!

Protection from the Storm

It’s almost that time of the year again!

The weather is heating up and the sun is shining, but as the seasons change and summer draws near, the forecast for severe storms increases. Protect your home before severe storm season hits by investing in a generator today.

Our automatic standby generators will give you peace of mind during a power outage, especially if you are not at home. Without the generator, you can subject your home to flooding, mold, uncomfortable heat, humidity, allergies and more.

Once you own a generator, you’ll find comfort in knowing that your generator will automatically start immediately after a power outage, so you won’t have to return home to toss out spoiled food from your refrigerator or sit around the house in the dark without the Internet or television.

Get a jumpstart on protecting your home with a Generac generator installation by scheduling a free in-home consultation so that we can discuss the right option for you.

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Testing, Testing 1…2…3 (Or “Prepare to Weather the Storm”)

Will your generator back you up during bad weather? You don’t want to risk finding out the wrong answer during a severe thunderstorm.

We recommend that you be proactive and prepare for severe storm season in advance. Our  generators perform an automatic weekly self-test that can be described as an idle or unloaded mode. If you already own a Generac generator, we encourage you to manually perform a full system test.

How to Perform a Full System Test
Performing a full system test should occur every season. This simple test only takes 10-20 minutes and requires the following steps:

  1. Switch off the service disconnect (circuit breaker) supplying the automatic transfer switch (ATS) or transfer switch.
  2. The generator will start after a 10 second delay.
  3. Once operating, it will connect your home circuits to the generator.
  4. Switch the service disconnect to “On” when you wish to end the test.
  5. After a 15 second delay, the ATS will switch back to Utility (ComEd) power. The generator will continue to run for 60 seconds to cool-down, and then shut off automatically.

 

Testing your generator on a regular basis is highly recommended. Your family and your home will reap the benefits of having a severe weather preparedness plan in place. And you’ll weather the storm in confidence!
Contact Saturn Electrical Services for assistance with testing your generator.