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Is Your Generator Ready for Hurricane Season?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

We have had a lot of tornado's in the last 3 months in the Vicksburg area and now we are headed into hurricane season! Is your generator prepared? In order to ensure your generator is functioning properly take these maintenance tips into consideration. 

The typical life expectancy for a generator is between 20,000 and 30,000 hours, serving a crucial role while waiting for a storm restoration company to come to your business. 


You are going to need to perform small maintenance tasks every week. These include:

Running the engine

Checking for alarms or warnings

Ensuring adequate fuel levels for an emergency

Setting the engine to auto mode

Checking that the circuit breaker is closed

Ensuring there are no leaks


On a monthly basis, you will need to spend more time checking fluid levels, such as the coolant and oi.  You should also check the battery to ensure you are ready for a disaster. 


You are going to  want to check the thermal protection levels every six months. At the same time, inspect the drive belts to ensure they have the proper tension and are in good condition. 


A certified technician will need to come out every year and perform crucial tasks, such as cnanging the engine oil, fuel filter, air filter, and spark plugs. If any extra maintenance is needed, like a coolant system flush, your technician will perform these items at your annual service. 

take precautions like this can have many benefits for your home or business. The primary one is that you put off replacing your equipment longer.  If you are looking to push the maximum number of hours and avoid generator problems, you need to consider required preventative maintenance. 

For any storm-related damage, call the storm professionals at 601-634-0909. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is always here to help! 

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