When most people think about installing solar panels on their roof, they may not consider proper safety procedures. Although the installation process is relatively straightforward, there are some potential hazards to keep in mind.
The first goal is to ensure your solar panel installation goes off without any problems. The second is to learn how to monitor and maintain your system for safety issues in the long term.
Phase One: Pre-Install
Before solar panels can be installed on your roof, inquire how and where they will be placed for maximum energy output. Also, check your electrical system to see how it will cope with the influx of power coming from those panels.
Now is the time to have a professional inspection so that all of your electrical systems and roof structures can be tested. You don’t want to start solar panel installation if there are potential problems.
For example, if your roof is unstable or rotting, having workers on it could lead to a partial collapse. The roof should be stable enough to support workers and solar panels. Similarly, if your home electrical grid is not wired correctly, the excess voltage could create a fire hazard or blow out your breakers. Reducing the risks keeps everyone safe while minimizing damage and loss.
Phase Two: Installation
Choose a reputable and responsible solar company. Double check that they are licensed and bonded. This will provide some extra protection for you during the installation process.
Professional solar companies follow all OSHA procedures while working in your home and on your roof. They will check all connections to ensure that there are no potential dangers. A reputable installer will work on your roof with the utmost safety. Overall, you can rest easy knowing that you have a high-quality company handling this process.
Phase Three: Maintenance
Solar panels can get damaged over time from the elements, animals, lightning, reduced energy usage, and other external factors. Such damage could lead to issues down the line. Review maintenance procedures with your installer after the initial installation is completed. Find out how to troubleshoot any basic problems that may arise. Two leading safety risks are electrical surges and fires, so ongoing maintenance matters.
Get your solar panels and grid inspected by a professional on a regular basis. Stay on top of issues before they happen by having your system inspected annually. If any complications or questions arise, contact your installer first. A solar expert will know more about how to take care of them than a general handyman or technician.
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