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Advice for Preventing Lightning Storm Damage

by ripleypr on May 1, 2016

ROANOKE, Va. – Southern Trust Home Services, southern Virginia’s leading HVAC, plumbing and electrical provider, wants to help area homeowners prevent damage and limit the negative impact of lightning storms. The BBB A+ rated-company has three tips to help Roanoke-area residents handle the shocking effects lightning can have on a home.

Electrical StormWith the recent severe storms in Southern Virginia, we are seeing more issues caused by lightning and we want to help homeowners mitigate storm damage,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “Home appliances, electronics and water wells are three common areas that are susceptible to lightning damage, and there are a few easy ways homeowners can protect these costly investments.”

Southern Trust Home Services, formerly Southern State Electric, offers these tips to prevent damage and limit the effects of lightning storms:

  • Take precaution with your water well pump – A lightning strike can mean major damage to your well pump’s motor and leave your home without the water you need. When a severe storm is on the horizon, the best precaution you can take is to flip off the electrical breaker for the pump. While this will create a short-term inconvenience during the storm, it can prevent long-term damage to your well pump. In the unfortunate event your water well pump does succumb to a storm, your trusted Roanoke electrician at Southern Trust Home Services can replace the pump and restore your water supply quickly.
  • Safeguard electronics with surge protectors – With thousands of dollars’ worth of electric appliances and electronics in your home, surge protectors offer a low-cost way to easily safeguard your investment. Not all surge protection systems are created equal, though. The most effective protection is through a whole-home system attached to your electrical panel. For a one-time investment, you get a system that protects small electronics and big ticket items like HVAC systems, refrigerators and medical equipment. Southern Trust’s whole-home system, for example, also includes a lifetime warranty and will cover up to $75,000 in the event of surge damage.
  • Avoid losing power with a back-up generator – When severe storms knock out power to your neighborhood, a generator can keep your lights – and crucial appliances – on. If power outages are a common problem at your home, a whole home generator will reduce the inconvenience and keep critical items, such refrigeration, security systems and medical equipment, running.

For Roanoke-area homeowners in need of water well pump repair, or who are interested in learning more about safeguarding their home against lightning storms, the professionals at Southern Trust Home Services are available to help. For more information, please call 540-343-4348.