3 Common Causes of Solar Panel Damage

Over the years, solar panels continue to prove why they are such a great asset to society. From reducing the costs of electrical bills to promoting a green lifestyle, the benefits are endless. However, just like all things in life, solar panels are not perfect. Sometimes these innovative tools can be subject to multiple forms of damage. With that being said, take a closer look at some of the main causes of solar panel damage and, more importantly, how Critter Guard is here to help.

1. Inclement Weather

Severe weather such as tornadoes, blizzards, thunderstorms, and hail storms are considered to be one of the main causes of solar panel damage. Hail storms in particular have been linked to cause cracks and even minor scratches that are capable of negative interference. Fortunately, many insurance policies cover damage from inclement weather. However, by being mindful, vigilant, and taking action quickly, solar panel owners can avoid any potential weather damage.

2. Foundational Frustrations

In the event that solar panels begin to act haywire or stop functioning all together, it can be extremely helpful to get a second opinion or the perspective of a professional. A loss of connection, crossed wire, or faulty battery terminal can all be at the root of solar panels malfunctioning. Fortunately, these issues can be diagnosed and resolved by reaching out to a professional electrician to take some simple troubleshooting steps and easily repair the solar panels.

3. Critter Interference

While there are many beautiful aspects of the outdoors, nature and wildlife can wreak havoc on your solar panels. Squirrels and other outside rodents and wildlife may be cute at a distance, but solar panel owners should be cautious of the damage these critters can cause. If allowed access to rooftops, squirrels have been known to nest under the panels and chew right through solar panel wires causing significant damage. Luckily, installing Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard products is an efficient and easy way to combat this common problem.

While there are other companies who use the name Critter Guard to market different forms of mesh screens (which can easily be chewed through by squirrels), Critter Guard’s 20 year track record of manufacturing our Line Guard and Pole Guard products offer a more permanent solution to prevent critters from even getting onto rooftops in the first place via power lines and utility poles.

To learn more about our humane wildlife control products and how they can help keep critters off your roof and away from your solar panels, contact us today!