My home power is out, what should I do?

We all have had to deal with power outages at some time or the other. There are times when this issue is caused by an overload on the electrical system, because you plug in too many appliances into a multi-socket. At others, a storm may have caused the situation too. However, there could be times when you may not know what exactly has caused the issue in the first place and you may find that the entire house goes dark without any apparent reason and your electrical appliances can’t be used either.

This situation is quite distressing as frustrating since we rely in electricity for so many things. At times such as these, you need to hire the services of a good local residential electrician. Ideally, its best not to wait till something goes wrong, before you try to source the number of a good professional. Conduct a certain amount of research in advance and keep handy the contact details of a company that has been operating in this space for a number of years. What you should be looking for are prompt services at cost-effective pricing.

Some checks you can conduct

It’s very important to keep in view the fact that all electrical issues should be tackled by licensed and insured professionals. Electricity can be extremely dangerous if it isn’t handled in the right manner. However, the couple of quick checks you can conduct are:

  • Circuit breaker check- Tripped circuit breakers are some of the commonest reasons of a power loss. Most homes have different circuit breakers installed for different parts of their house. In case of an overload in a particular room or section of the house, the circuit breaker connected to it will trip and all you have to do is reset it to get the electricity started again.
  • GFCI receptacle– If you find that the power doesn’t come back on even when you reset the circuit breaker, you should try to locate the safety device called the GFCI receptacle- this is connected directly to the circuits- press the button on it to see if that brings back the power.

Some other reasons of power loss

Once you follow all these basic steps, the power should come back on. However, in case you find that he power has still not come back on; there could be other reasons that are causing the problem, such as:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Termite damage
  • Defective breaker