Warmer daytime temperatures, freezing nights and a few more snow events spell trouble for potentially leaking roofs.
Ice dams are not obvious threats. They become obvious after the damage has been done. Snow on the roof, heat rising in the attic, and Mother Nature’s warm sunshine produce melt that are all a recipe for possible ice dams.
How an ice dam forms:
Melting snow runs towards the edge and eaves of the roof, and then they refreeze and melt again in the days following a snow storm. This cycle cause the ice to form and “back up” the gutter system preventing the flow of water. The water pushes behind and under the shingles and eaves resulting in interior damage to ceilings, walls and windows.
Roof and gutter deicing cables along with automatic moisture sensors are the best solution to this problem.
De-icing cables offer the most direct and effective protection. Fastened into position over the eaves (and often within the gutters as well), these cables output heat to prevent melted snow from refreezing before it has the chance to run off the roof, into the gutter or drainage system, and finally into the yard.
Conditions are ideal to have the professionals at Lucci Electric review your roof and gutter deicing needs.
During a Power Outage: Safety Tips
- Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors to electronics or have a licensed electrician install whole house surge protection.
- If you have an automatic generator, make sure you have fuel, and any debris is cleared around the generator.
- If you have a portable generator, make sure it is properly connected (installation by a licensed electrician) and NEVER run a portable generator inside a home or garage
3 Reasons Why Maintaining Your Standby Generator is Essential
There’s A Lot To Check
Standby generators seem simple enough — using LP or natural gas as to create electricity — but really it’s a complex machine, just like your car. Would you let your car go a year without a check-up? Of course not, because you know if you miss a little problem in your car it can quickly turn into a big one. As an authorized Generac Service Center and Dealer, we check the oil, oil filter, spark plugs, air filter, adjust and tighten the valves, perform a transfer test, check the gas pressure, check the voltage, hertz, and RPM outputs, and check the battery.
It Will Pay Off In The Long Run
A well-maintained standby generator can last from 10,000 to 30,000 hours. On the conservative end your generator could last about 10,000 hours; that means your standby generator, if well-maintained has a potential life span of at least 20 years. That is definitely a long-term investment. A well-maintained standby generator should last you years and give you peace of mind.
It’s Not Worth The Risk
Your family is the most important thing to you. You can’t protect them from everything, but if there’s something you can protect them from, wouldn’t you want to? When you neglect to regularly maintain your standby generator you are risking it not working when you need it the most. We all know that most blackout occur in terrible weather such as blizzards or rainstorms. It’s at these times that heat, information, and comfort are the most important to your family, and a standby generator you can rely on is most important to you.
Will Monday’s Solar Eclipse affect our electrical power in Connecticut?
Most likely not. While Monday’s solar eclipse will interrupt several hours of sunshine and potentially solar power in
key states like Oregon and California, experts have been working to prevent any disruption to the electrical grid there
and throughout the country.
However, if your home is powered by solar energy, you might want to make some back-up preparations during Monday afternoon
even though Connecticut won’t be experiencing the maximum impact of the solar eclipse.
The attached article explains the situation in more detail.
Hurricane season 2017 could be one of the worst in more than a decade.
Are you prepared, or have you become complacent?
It has been more than a decade since a major hurricane made landfall in the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center, this is the longest stretch in history without a Category 3 or greater striking the country since record keeping began. So odds are that this year or next could bring a significant series of landfall storms and these could hit here in the Northeast.
While hurricane season’s official start is June 1st and remains in effect until November 30th. This does not limit these events to a specific timeframe. Power outages occur from forces of “Mother Nature” at any time.
Here in the Northeast we have experienced major impacts of storms in the past 10 years including Ike, Irene, Debby, Isaac and Sandy, but not a hurricane. Our power grid continues to be more vulnerable as time passes so these storms could have quite an effect so it’s critical to be prepared.
Hurricanes can cause serious damage, whether wind or water related. Rebuilding takes time and money. While most reminders of recent storms are no longer so visible in this area we should remember the devastation and prepare for the worst.
Do you have an emergency plan for your family?
Power outages affect wide areas and leave millions of utility customers without power. Utility crews take days and sometimes weeks to restore power for all customers. Basements flood without sump pumps. Hot humid air promotes mold growth. Food spoils without refrigeration. Standby Automatic generators are the best resource to guard against long-term outages.
Along with a backup power generator, everyone should have a week’s supply of non-perishable food, water and medicine for each family member. Goods and services are in short supply after a hurricane. Have flashlights, batteries, and even solar powered charging on hand.
Your home is probably the primary place of shelter for you and your family. This is where you go to stay safe during extreme weather. Ensure a supply of electrical power to keep your home heated or cool, dry and safe. A standby generator will power your central air conditioner and furnace along with refrigerators and freezers. During wet weather, they keep sump pumps running and the lights on.
The time to install a generator is before you need one. A back up power source is a necessity not a luxury. If you have not prepared with an Automatic Standby Generator or a portable generator, contact Lucci Electric to help solve your emergency power needs.