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Generator Installation Basics You Should Know

From storm season to unpredictable utility supply, power outages can be costly, especially for your food supplies. And consistent electrical service takes on a whole new meaning when you have a family member on life-saving or supporting medical equipment. No matter your reason for wanting to ensure consistent, steady access to power, you may want to install a backup generator as an alternative power source. Here are some things you should know about this installation process.

Installation Location Matters

Where you install the generator is an important consideration. There are a variety of factors that must be taken into account when you choose this location. First and foremost, it must be installed in a location with easy access to the fuel source as well as to your home's electrical grid. A transfer switch must be installed as part of your electrical grid to allow you to switch your power source to the generator when needed.

You may need to look into any state or local restrictions regarding the location of your generator or the fuel supply storage. These are important factors that should be addressed before you select a location for your fuel tanks or your generator so that you can be sure that you are compliant with any legal requirements.

Additionally, the generator must be installed somewhere where it is clear on all sides, including the top. There should be no overhanging trees, power lines, utilities, or any other obstructions around the generator. 

You Need A Concrete Base

Your generator should be installed on top of a concrete base. This pad should be elevated to ensure that the generator is free from the risk of standing water. The concrete base will also help to ensure the stability of the generator in the event of severe weather or any other similar issues. Your generator installation contractor will help you determine the necessary size of the pad based on the installation location and any potential hazards that should be accounted for.

You May Need Permits

One thing that many homeowners don't consider when they decide to install a generator is the fact that you may need permits for the installation. Whether it's your state or city that requires them or your homeowner's insurance company mandating the inspection and permit, it's important that you have any necessary legal paperwork taken care of before the installation starts.

That's why it's in your best interest to pursue professional generator installation. Installation contractors will have the experience and the knowledge to know what you might need for permits and paperwork before the installation can begin, and they can often help you get that paperwork in order ahead of time.

For more information, reach out to a professional who offers generator installation services.