Answers To Your Questions About Power Outages

To continue the theme from a previous week’s article, we have answers to some common questions about power outages.

  • Can I shower or flush my toilet during a power outage?
    • Yes, you can still use your toilet during a power outage, and if it has trouble flushing, you can easily fix the problem by pouring water into the bowl
    • Showering during a power outage is perfectly safe. However, if you have a tankless water heater, it does not provide hot water in the event of a power outage unless it is connected to a backup generator. If you have a traditional water heater it is also important to note that there will be a limited supply of hot water available in the heater, and therefore depending on the length of the power outage, you should try to conserve water
  • Where do I report a power outage?
    • To report a power outage in your area you should inform your local utility. Have your local utility’s number on hand in advance!
  • How long will my power be out?
    • This depends on the severity of the storm and the accessibility of your home to electrical workers.

If you haven’t read last months article about preparing for a power outage be sure to check it out for more tips and tricks!