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Can a Generator Get Wet?

Each and every homeowner, no matter where in the world, is at the mercy of the elements – and this is especially true when it comes to issues relating to flooding and inclement weather. Homeowners are faced with natural disasters that can cause centralized power to fail. This is one of the major reasons that many are choosing to invest in a home backup generator.

A backup generator can ensure that essential systems remain functional during times when help can be far away – and where the household must fend for itself. They can power electric goods (including allowing access to the Internet, refrigerators, lights, and heating/cooling), all of which allow the homeowner and their family to ride out those challenging times.

However, weather causes other challenges – and these challenges can affect the proper functioning of that generator. So, when it comes to rain what precautions should the homeowner take to ensure the proper functioning of that backup generator?

Effects of Moisture on a Generator

Of course, one of the primary concerns for the homeowner and the family must of course be the safety of those in the home. It is essential that the generator be protected from the rain. Those who do not take precautions to protect the backup generator from rain – or even light moisture run the risk of electrocution due to how a generator works to create electricity.

Even when an emergency situation is not a reality, care should be taken to situate the generator in places where wet conditions are not present. Do not place a generator near a pool pump outlet. Do not place it near where automated sprinkler systems will operate – and in places where winter temperatures fall below freezing never touch an emergency generator when it is covered in ice or when your hands are wet. Don’t trust in gloves – safe is better than sorry. In situations such as winter conditions, a transfer switch (read more about transfer switches and how they work) is a convenience that should not be underestimated.

Precautions to Take

All these warnings may cause those who want to purchase a backup generator to re-evaluate their decision. But some common-sense precautions can be taken to ensure that the generator functions properly – and that those living in the home are safe.

Generator Cover

The first is the generator cover. There are several types of covers. Some are open on all sides – allowing for air to flow around the generator – which is essential to its proper operation (and allow for the proper venting of exhaust – which can present a danger to the household when not handled correctly). There are also types that are available that will suit your particular model.

Generator Tents

There are also ‘Tent Generator’ covers that are manufactured to meet the unique specification of many different types of emergency generators. The advantage of these types of covers is that they prevent the entrance of rain and snow which may affect generators that are simply covered with a tent-like structure.

Alternative Cover

The ideal protection may be a shed. It will protect extension cords and allow the owner to refill the generator. Of course, one could always opt for a simple tarp but that has dangers – it should not be allowed to touch the generator body.

Don’t Get Caught in the Rain

The advantages of a home backup generator have attracted an increasing number of buyers. One needs only to take a closer look at the effect that numerous hurricanes have had on major cities across the United States. While hurricanes are expected in some parts of the country, their effects are being felt more commonly in other parts as well.

When you simply cannot leave your home, you need backup power. And in the driving rain and the increasingly common flooding of municipal streets, every homeowner needs to be assured that their investment in that backup generator pays dividends as far as return on investment is concerned. And that investment is also in the safety and comfort of their family.

Final Words

When all is said and done – if you expect to be using an emergency backup generator, consult a professional. These are the people who have years of experience in providing expert advice. That advice will provide that all-important peace of mind – and the knowledge that the home will function normally even in the event of an emergency. It is advice that can save lives – and one that should be carefully considered by purchasers of that all-important generator.