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Storm Damage

Storm Damage Electric Repair in St. Louis

St. Louis weather may be unpredictable, but you can always depend on Innovet Electrical & Heating and Cooling in the aftermath of damaging storms. From high winds knocking down branches onto power lines to lightning strikes hitting your home, the results of a storm can cause many electrical issues, including complete power outages, phone system failures, overheated or burnt wiring, and more.

Whether these issues make themselves apparent right away or it’s a few weeks before you realize that something is not right, storm damage can have far-reaching effects. Do not attempt to investigate these electrical issues on your own as you can hurt not only yourself but those around you. Our technicians are insured, bonded, and licensed to complete the job in the most efficient way possible.

We have the technical expertise and tools on-hand to handle the most challenging electrical issues. For both residential and commercial properties, we will assess the situation, fix the issue as soon as possible, and then even recommend preventative measures to help prepare you for when the next storm hits.

If you are having electrical issues in your home or business after a storm, contact us now to check it out!

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Lightning Strike Electrical Repair

Lightning contains well over 100 million volts that can wreak havoc on your electrical wiring. The initial lightning strike isn’t necessarily what damages your electrical system right away—it’s the power surges that follow which can spike the voltage, causing damage to many items in the house that rely on power to work. The most susceptible electronics and appliances are GFI outlets, TVs, audio equipment, computers, dimmers, switches, garage door openers, elements of an electric range/oven, and more.

Also, it doesn’t have to be a direct hit either. A lightning strike a block away can still cause issues, such as flickering lights and outlets not working properly.

If you notice issues now or later, don’t delay! Concealed damage in the wires of your home or business can cause fires and other major disruptions to your business or home. It’s important to have a trained and experienced electrical technician, like those at Innovet Electrical & Heating and Cooling, to inspect and diagnose the problem. Contact us for a free estimate and same day service.

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What To Do After a Lightning Storm

After making sure everyone is okay, there are certain things you can do to check your indoor or outdoor electrical service for storm damage. Depending on the extent, you may need a licensed electrician to complete the repairs. A few things to look at:

  • Take out any device plugged into a receptacle and inspect the metal prongs for any signs of burns. If you find melted metal or dark pits, then the outlet and plug should be replaced.
  • Using an inexpensive outlet checker, check on all outlets for malfunctions like neutrals, open grounds, etc.
  • Open the circuit breaker and do a visual check for signs of burned wires or arcing. If you see a tripped breaker, flip it to the “on” position, then to the “off” position three times in a row in order to ensure the circuit has been reset. If it will not hold in the “on” position, then contact us!

By taking these steps, you should have peace of mind following a lightning storm. If you are not comfortable doing all of these inspections yourself, ask us to take a look!

In the future, use a surge suppressor system to minimize the damage left behind by power surges and protect your devices from their effects. Also, consider panel-mounted surge protection to reduce the damage to your property’s electrical gateway. Surge protection is a good investment in order to save appliances and wiring from the damage a lightning strike can cause.

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At Innovet Electric, locally owned and family operated, we have seen over 20 years of St. Louis storms and the damage they can wreak. Our technicians are ready to take on any problem! Plus, we are experienced in working with insurance companies and will do everything within our power to ensure that your needs are met in a timely manner.