Will Your Home Insurance Cover Damage Caused by Critters?

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Pests such as squirrels, mice, and chipmunks can cause a great deal of property damage to your home. Squirrels and other critters commonly gain access to roofs and attics via power lines and utility poles. They can quickly chew through the exterior of the roof to gain access to the warm attic. Once inside, these animals build nests, chew through wood and wires, and quickly locate the food sources inside the home. Fortunately, Critter Guard is an effective method of preventing critters from entering the attic via power lines and causing damage to your home exterior.

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Pros And Cons Of Steel Utility Poles

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Utility poles are so much a part of the backdrop of our streets that we scarcely give them a thought. They are an integral part of the quality of life we experience, and the convenience that having immediate access to electricity assures us. A failed utility pole gets our immediate attention, especially when the power goes off. Fortunately, we at Critter Guard have solutions for keeping the lights on when local wildlife inadvertently threatens to interrupt the service.

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Protecting Transmission and Distribution Power Lines

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There are many components that go into creating a functional electrical grid. Generators, substations, and power lines all contribute in different ways in order to keep the lights on and our appliances running. Transmission and distribution power lines are two important parts of our electrical system and protecting these lines from damage is crucial to our daily lives.

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Protecting Raptors from a Dangerous Perch

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According to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, raptors are carnivorous birds that share three specific characteristics: keen eyesight, eight sharp talons, and hooked beaks. Members of the raptor family include eagles, hawks, and even vultures. Many raptors are protected species in the United States and power lines and poles present a unique danger to these particular avian species.

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The Advantages of Using Solar Energy for Your Home

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Solar panels are quickly growing in popularity across the globe. Powered by a renewable resource (the sun), solar panels provide a limitless supply of energy with lower electricity costs, leave a minimal carbon footprint, and run everything requiring electricity in your home with top performance.

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Power Outage Safety Tips for Homeowners

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As a homeowner, you should be well-acquainted with the need for preventive maintenance to keep your home functional and safe. While preventive maintenance for your roof, major appliances, and gutters are often considered, the prevention of power outages at your home should also be top of mind.

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Protecting Squirrels from Uninsulated Power Lines

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Every day, we see squirrels scurry up trees, leap from branch to branch, and scamper across power lines. It is natural that the squirrels would want to climb power poles and lines; after all, they live in trees. Since 90% of power lines are not insulated, this is a gamble indeed, and unsuspecting squirrels may realize too late that the lines are not necessarily a safe bridge from point A to point B.

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Electrical Transformer Failure: Cause and Prevention

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An electrical transformer is a device comprised of two or more wire coils which use a magnetic field to convert electrical currents transmitted via power lines to higher or lower power levels. Electrical transformers are an essential component to electrical systems, and they exist in several different forms based on the needs of the system into which they are integrated.

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Substation Maintenance: Protecting Against Critters

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Substation maintenance is crucial to any utility company. Inspections should include troubleshooting equipment, testing substation relays to ensure they are operating properly, and making sure devices are cleaned thoroughly and properly.

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How a Portable Generator Works

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In the event of a power outage, portable generators can come in handy. A well-maintained portable generator allows you to continue to have enough electricity in your home to run critical appliances, get water, and charge your cell phone during blackouts. Though generators are great in an emergency, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help limit the need for them by helping to prevent critter-induced outages.

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The Technical Aspects of a Power Outage

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Power is an essential part of our day to day life, and when there is an outage, the economy can also suffer. Power outage within an area can be caused by a number of factors such as human error, transmission overload, natural causes, faults at the source of power generation stations, and damage to power lines caused by wildlife. Installing Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can help prevent against the latter.

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How Electric Power Grid Systems Work

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An electrical grid is a sophisticated yet fascinating and essential system in our daily lives. The electric grid connects and distributes power to many towns and cities miles away from one another. Many things happen behind the scenes to bring forth the electricity in people's homes, businesses, and companies, yet many people don’t usually think much about the electrical grid until a power outage occurs. The electrical grid consists of various parts and systems and keeping these systems functioning properly is important to our everyday lives.

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How to Remove Squirrels from Your House

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Squirrels look adorable when they're playing in your yard, but your attitude will likely change if they find their way inside your home. Not only do squirrels inside your house make you and your household pets crazy, but they can also cause substantial damage to your home. In Indiana, a newly built community center dealt with $300,000 worth of squirrel damage.

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Copper Wiring in Substations and Why It’s Stolen

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When it comes to wiring substations, there are two choices of wire: copper and aluminum. Copper wiring is the preferred choice to use in substations as it’s not only an excellent conductor, copper wires are also easier to work with, seldom require repairs, and are very versatile. The biggest problem with copper wiring, however, is that it's frequently stolen.

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Overarching Cyber Security Threats

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In the 21st century, we depend on technology and electricity every day. Breaches in cyber security, along with damage to power lines and other forms of technology, can cause significant disruptions to our lives. Traditional security measures paired with Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help protect against threats from both hackers and wild animals.

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The Best Way to Protect Automated Power Systems

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Automated power systems are a powerful and increasingly prevalent way to control and manage important power services. These systems are vital to keeping electricity flowing throughout homes and businesses. Any damage done to them could be harmful to day to day life and cost a lot of money for repairs in the process. Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help protect these systems and prevent outages in your area.

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Safety Tips to Remember When Using a Power Generator

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For those who live in more rural areas, you probably have your fair share of problems that aren't too common in a city. One such problem being less reliable power. Often times during a power outage, people who live out of town or in the country are less of a priority when it comes to getting their power restored and when that happens, having a backup generator can be necessary. Power outages can happen from bad weather or damage caused by wild animals. Though protecting your home from power outages due to weather can be difficult, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help protect your home's power from damage caused by squirrels or other critters.

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Creating Usable Electricity from Sustainable Energy

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In order to ensure that using electricity will continue to be possible, it is important to explore forms of electricity created by renewable resources. Sustainable energy from the sun, wind, and other natural sources produce power and protect the earth by producing significantly less air pollution than fossil fuel. With electricity being produced, no matter what form, delivering that power to people and companies across the world is important. Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard help protect against outages caused by wild animals.

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Smart Grids: An Effort to Deliver Reliable Power

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The smart grid is the future hope of delivering energy to consumers. It holds the potential for two-way communication, monitoring and analysis with features that include automatic adjustments, and the optimization of power delivery with minimal outages, shorter recovery times and the ability to reroute power to where it is needed most. With the help of Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard, outages would be few and far between.

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The Low Down on Different Types of Utility Poles

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When it comes to utility poles, there are three different types utility companies choose from: composite, steel, and wood poles. Each material comes with pros and cons of their own. No matter what type of poles are used near your home or business, Critter Guard’s Pole Guard can help protect your pole from damage caused by squirrels or other critters.

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