Nearly all our daily chores rely on electricity. From charging laptops and smartphones to washing clothes cooking meals and storing food in the refrigerator everything depends upon the electricity. Just like homes, business operations also need electricity to perform. If there’s no electricity, our lives come to a halt. When the electrical power network becomes unavailable, power outages occur. Frequent power outages can also put your electrical appliances at risk.

So, What Causes a Power Outage

There are fundamentally three major causes of a power outage.

  1. Natural causes

Regardless of the type of power grid, you get electricity from;

  1. Human error
  2. Overloading

If there’s an interruption between the electric supply and power generation because of any of the above-mentioned causes, try to reach out to an electrical service provider and schedule maintenance.

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A majority of power outages don’t last longer than a few seconds or minutes. However, if a natural disaster or any other problematic situation takes place, power outages can also last for several weeks or days.

Power outages typically occur because of the damages in power lines, caused by heavy windstorms, lightning, and storms. If a power outage lasts longer than 12 hours that it can heavily affect an entire community. If you run a business, then you’ll have to pause all your business activities which may even result in productivity loss or a massive financial loss.

Common Types of Power Outages

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When there’s a blackout, everything goes black. It means that there’s a complete loss of power in your area. Blackout is the most severe power outage type that affects several people and larger areas and communities.

Typically, blackouts occur because of major damage in your area’s electrical generation facilities; such as structural damage. These power outages tend to last longer than other ones.


When there’s a voltage drop in your home’s power supply, brownouts take place. It basically refers to the dimming of lights because of the drop in electrical voltage. While brownouts don’t turn everything around black, you may have to turn your electric appliances off when they occur, otherwise it may affect their performance. Several electrical devices don’t work when there’s a brownout, so they can also affect your productivity.

Permanent Fault

A sudden loss of power takes place when there’s a power line fault. This is the simplest type of power outage as the power gets restored as soon as the fault is repaired or removed. This type of power outage doesn’t affect large areas. These power outages have no connection to the electricity generation and only trip up a few lines further down your residential supply line.

Rolling Blackouts

The term, ‘’ Rolling Blackouts’’ refers to planned power outages. These outages are pre-planned and deployed in areas that aren’t equipped with stable grids systems or the residential communities with a grid system whose infrastructure isn’t’ incapable of handling the population.

What We Can Do

Power outages can disrupt communications, transportation, water supply. An extended power outage may even result in the closure of ATMs, banks, retail stores, gas stations, and grocery stores. They can cause massive food spoilage and several other problems. You should always be prepared for such a situation to mitigate the damage and keep your appliances working. Always make sure that you’ve alternative solutions for the power supply when the power goes out. Use backup generators or batteries, portable chargers, power banks to ensure that all the important appliances work when there’s a blackout.

Duration of Power Outages


At  A.L.L. Electric LLC, we have a highly reliable team of certified and experienced electricians who provide top-notch residential and commercial electrical services to our clients in Augusta. You can acquire all our electrical solutions at cost-effective rates. We offer a wide range of services including but not limited to heat pump installation, lighting, and electrical panel upgrade, Generator Installation Topsham, home automation. We provide services in Woolwich, Wiscasset, Bath, Topsham, Phippsburg, Harpswell, and several other cities in South Central and Midcoast Maine.

Because of our proficiency in all electrical domains and a track record of executing complex electrical projects with immaculate attention to detail, we’re considered one of the top electrical service providers.  We assist our clients to choose the right equipment for household chores, offer installation services and provide practical suggestions on maintenance and repair. Get in touch with us to resolve your power outage issues and repair your residential electrical systems.