Power surges have the potential to grind work in the office to a halt and, at worst, can destroy files and hardware to the point that they cannot be salvaged. A setback of this kind can cost a small business tens of thousands of dollars in replacements to get the office back up and running.
Knowing how to prevent office power surges can eliminate the risks of electrical damage and save your business a fortune in the process.
Inspect Your Wiring
Be aware of whether your office has faulty or inadequate wiring. Wires that are frayed or chewed by rodents pose a threat to the office that can extend beyond a power surge. The abnormal flow of energy resulting from the exposed wire can cause the wires to melt.
Know Your Wires and Act Accordingly
Wires can be hard to identify throughout the office, but there are some basic wire troubleshooting techniques that can aid in the identification of faulty wiring. Quickly finding the trouble wire and replacing it should be the top priority, followed by solving the problem of what caused the wire to fail, whether it be mice chewing through the wire or an overloaded outlet.
Use Surge Protectors
While faulty wiring can cause surges, storms or a sudden jolt of electricity can cause damage to office equipment and ruin files. In these situations, inspecting the wires will not do much, but a surge protector can save your files.
Prepare for the Unexpected
These storms and other potential surge risks can appear without warning. By installing power surge outlets or connecting computer plugs to surge strips, you can ensure that no harmful bursts of electricity will grind office productivity to a halt. Surge protectors are arguably the most reliable way to prevent office power surges.
Backup Data on a Cloud Network
But, to consider the worst-case scenario, if faulty wiring goes unnoticed and a surge protector fails to protect equipment, there is another way to protect your files. Saving all your company’s documents to a cloud server can back up your important files without the risk of losing them. While this method cannot prevent surges, it is a way to mitigate the damage.
Prepared for Any Situation
Whether you are implementing proactive methods such as surge protectors or wiring inspections, or are opting for more reactionary methods such as cloud saving, make sure your office is prepared. Surges can cripple a fledgling business, and a power surge that destroys too much can bring an end to a small business due to loss of important hardware or irreplaceable documentation.