With the month of November coming soon, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and all of the things which we are grateful; family and friends, our health, and everything that makes us happy.
We have been lucky with the storms this year in Broward County. For the most part, everyone survived with minimal damage and the power outages were less extensive than for Wilma.
Since Hurricane Irma we have had many calls requesting installation of generator power inlet outlets which allow you to back feed your house after disconnecting from the FPL grid.
By using the power inlet box you will not need to use extension cords to power the appliances and lights in your home. The generator power will go directly to the electrical panel. You will be able to control which devices you need while leaving other devices off. The size of the generator will dictate how many items can be running at the same time.
We typically use an interlock device or panel cover that will allow the generator power breaker to be turned on once the main circuit breaker is turned off.
This can be an easy install, especially if you have an electrical panel that has the space for another circuit breaker. In some cases, we will need to change the main breaker panel to properly install the generator circuit breaker and receptacle as there are many different types of electrical services. There is not one price for this install. In most cases, someone will need to look at the job to properly quote the work.
We had two calls to repair the wires to the overhead services that were damaged by trees falling on the wires. In one case, the tree bent the 2 inch riser conduit and the wires were pulled loose at the FPL connection. The other property had the tree fall on the roof of the building and pull the main disconnect off of the wall. This building did not lose power, but the repairs cannot be made until the permits are pulled and the power is disconnected.
Trees caused most of the damage we saw after the storm. It would be wise to plant only native trees and trim all of your trees that are around power lines before each hurricane season.
Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have questions concerning electric service, installation, and repair.