Severe Weather – 4 Types of Power Problems

Severe Weather

Severe Weather – 4 Types Of Power Problems

Here in the heart of the Tennessee Valley we are no stranger to severe weather threats. February is dedicated to Severe Weather Awareness, and here at PCS, we have you covered. There are many articles on safety precautions for you and your loved ones, but what about your beloved business—learn the difference between various types of power issues, and what you can do to prevent or lessen the blow. 

Power Spikes / Surges

Power spikes or surges are sudden increases in voltage. Thunderstorms rolling through the city? If lightning strikes close enough to your home or business you may experience a power surge. A power surge can directly damage your hardware resulting in blown fuses and circuits. The simplest way to protect your equipment is to invest in a quality power surge protector. This is the first step to storm readiness for your devices.


Power Outage

You never know when a power outage can strike. Severe weather is not the only cause of power outages. Short circuits, or power station issues may also result in the loss of electrical power outages. The best strategy here is to save your work early and often to prevent unforeseen data loss.



What happens when the need for power exceeds the power availability: a brownout. Brownouts typically last for a few minutes but can last up to several hours unlike surges or spikes with short-term fluctuation. Utility companies sometimes disrupt the power grids when there is an overwhelming demand for power. More common than blackouts, brownouts cause equipment failures, decreased equipment stability, and data loss. The lowered voltage often causes computers to shut down or malfunction.

Installing an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is an efficient way to protect your data against brownouts and unexpected power outages. Gain a few extra minutes and safely shut down equipment without harm to your devices or loss of data. UPS is often used as a battery backup system for a PC.


Swell / Overvoltage

The opposite of a brownout, swells are voltage increases for a long duration (seconds to a minute) as opposed to a brief increase like a surge/spike. A swell is caused when the power being provided outweighs the power accepted by connected equipment. Much like sags, deterioration may not be apparent until it’s too late, resulting in lost data and damaged equipment. The Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is essential for safe management of your devices during unexpected power problems.

We can’t always predict severe weather, but we can prepare. 



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