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The Advantages of a Backup Generator

Backup electrical generators are designed to provide power to a property during a power outage. When the utility power is cut off, a backup generator can immediately supply power to a property, either automatically or manually, depending on the device. While backup generators can be expensive, here’s how they can save a lot of money, time and stress in the long run:

  1. 1. Preserves Food – If the power is out for less than four hours, the food in the fridge should be safe. However, if it’s out longer than that, foods like meat and eggs become spoiled. A backup generator provides power to the fridge and prevents food from spoiling.
  2. 2. Powers the HVAC System – Severe storms can cause long-lasting power surges, compromising a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A backup generator can prevent uncomfortable temperatures in the property.
  3. 3. Keeps the Sump Pump Going – When flooding or other disasters strike a home, the main defense against the water is a sump pump. But if there’s no electricity powering it, the resulting water damage may be severe. A backup generator helps avoid these terrible losses.
  4. 4. Prevents Frozen Pipes – During a power outage in winter, there may not be enough heat to warm up the plumbing system in a home. Pipes can thus freeze and burst, causing substantial water damage and costly repairs.
  5. 5. Prevents Hotel Stays and Looting – Power outages can force homeowners to check into a hotel for several days. In addition to hotel costs, the home might be an easy target for looters who try to take advantage of the power outage.

Portable electrical generators are similar to standby generators and can also be used during power outages. However, they are not as safe, efficient and reliable. For a whole-house backup power source, a standby generator is the best choice, even though they cost more.

The PuroClean team stands ready to provide professional restoration services to any property affected by fire, water or mould damage.

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