Avoid the Dangers of a Winter Power Outage

With temperatures in the single digits and predictions of snow in the weather forecast, owning a generator during the winter season can keep you and your family warm and safe during a winter power outage. If your power goes out, your automatic backup generator will turn on immediately, keeping your lights and heat on during the storm. Here are some other ways you can protect your home with a generator:

  • Ice, snow and freezing rain can often cause hazardous traveling conditions for you as well as emergency responders and utility companies. You could experience a long delay if you call them for help during bad weather. Your generator helps you prepare for emergencies in advance by providing you with power to run necessary appliances to keep your home and family safe and protected before the snow starts.
  • A generator can also help you avoid the risk of frozen pipes, which may occur when the heat goes out. A frozen pipe can cause water damage in your home and lead to costly repairs. It can also cut off your access to running water.
  • A generator eliminates the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and fires that can occur with kerosene heaters and other items that people use as alternative ways to heat their home.
  • There isn’t a need to worry about spoiled food when you have backup power available. You won’t have to throw out your groceries or worry about becoming ill from spoiled food. Your refrigerator and food will be safe!

Automatic standby generators are an important investment for your home. Avoid the inconvenience and weatherproof your home in advance. Contact us today to find out how a generator can make a difference in keeping you and your family safe during this cold and snowy winter season and beyond.



Keeping Your Business Safe: It’s All About Location

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Having a backup generator for power during a utility outage is essential for your business. A standby generator can help to keep the lights on and electrical equipment up and running. You can help to protect your business by making sure that your generator is safe from damage and is maintained so that it can function properly during and after the storm.

If there is a threat of a strong storm or natural disaster, it is important to protect it from flooding and water damage. Standby generators that are located in the basement and ground-floor levels may be at risk for failure if there is a flood because of the rising water. If your business is located in an area that floods easily, it is also recommended to make sure that the generator set and its control systems are elevated above the highest expected flood level.

Your generator should be kept dry. We can help you keep your business’ generator safe and protected during a flood. Here are some of our recommendations:

  1. Prevent ground water from rainstorms and flooding from submersing your generator and causing damage. When ground water is a threat, use plastic sheeting and sand bags to create a water barrier. A small sump pump with an integral float switch can be used to remove water from the containment area surrounding your generator.
  2. When flooding is a real concern, we can elevate the generator above grade to minimize the threat of water damage.
  3. When uncontrolled ground water rises above the black base frame of your generator; place generator in the “off” mode to prevent operation while submersed. Water entering the alternator section can cause significant damage.

Contact us for flood prevention options for your generator.

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.