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Protecting Your Home During Thunderstorms

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We are coming up on the hurricane season after an already extremely wet year so far. When it’s 3 o’clock in the morning and you are waking up to flashes of lightning and pounding thunder, you want to be confident that you’ve done all you can to keep your home safe. There are precautionary measures necessary to take when preparing for a storm to help prevent serious future damage after the fact. To focus in on electricity protection specifically, let’s look at a few things you might’ve forgotten to think about.

Install an electrical surge protector – Consider this tool your new designated thunder buddy! For plug in appliances and electronics, think of a surge protector as a plug in median between the ground connection and the appliances connection. In the case of an electrical surge, this device will ensure that the surge is diverted to the ground connection to protect the appliance.

Whole home power surge protection – Remember the story of The Three Little Pigs? And how the big, bad wolf couldn’t blow down the third pig’s house of bricks? Well, imagine you’re the fourth pig who went above and beyond with a whole home power surge protection system. This installation should be done by a professional technician, but once completed, your entire home is protected from excess electricity during power surges. It is installed in the main power line and protects all appliances in your home including the HVAC system. 

Warranty plans and insurance coverage – For your peace of mind, know what you have placed under warranty and what exactly is covered under your home insurance before an accident happens. We can go out of our way to protect our belongings, but nature finds a way to take its own course. If you have appliances that you know specifically are not covered by warranty or insurance, and aren’t ready for a power surge protection system, consider leaving them unplugged during a storm to avoid electrical damage.

It is a helpless feeling when you are waiting out a storm. Symbio Solutions offers at home automation systems that can ease your nerves during a storm in a number of ways. If you want to see exactly what you have plugged in utilizing electricity, you can monitor this from your mobile device. The security system allows you to have a visual from all camera angles, so if you are worried about potential flooding at your home while you are at work – you have access to view that on your phone as well. For long term protection, Symbio offers a client care plan that operates remotely to fix any troubleshooting issues without having to come to your home. Their technology team is available to answer your questions and provide solutions throughout the day. Call us today if you have any questions at (713) 780-4601