As many marina owners and operators know, one powerful storm or hurricane blowing through your marina can be absolutely detrimental to ongoing operations as well as your property and equipment. Between trees, poles and other structures being blown over and knocking down wiring, power pedestals and other docking electrical gear being damaged or even ripped from the ground and lost all together, and any and all of the damage that will likely occur to the docks and other marina property, a storm that lasts a couple of hours can cause weeks, even months of downtime for your marina. What’s worse is that no matter how much planning and preparation you do for these situations, even a mild hurricane can still do an immense amount of damage to a marina and it’s facilities.
In addition to preparing your marina for the storm itself, you should also have a plan in place for what you will be doing after the storm as well. Engaging a marine electrical and marina services partner like Tess Electrical prior to a storm coming through your marina allows them to not only be ready to get to work as soon as the storm passes, but also to be able to do a thorough audit of your marina so that they will know what to expect after the storm as well as provide you any advice or information on further securing your marina electrical equipment or marina facilities. Ensuring that an experienced marine electrical and marina services provider like Tess Electrical is on hand and ready to work can make the difference between weeks and months of down time at your marina.
Before the hurricane hits, Tess Electrical will typically visit a marina and perform a thorough audit of all electrical equipment and a general inspection of your marina overall. In many cases, there are a number of easy modifications or infrastructure improvements that can be made that will greatly reduce your risk during a storm. First, a Tess Electrical marine electrician will do a thorough inspection of all outdoor electrical equipment to make sure it is properly installed, secured and any necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the electrical components will be best protected from the elements and then deliver a detailed report on any work that may need to be done. As marina electrical equipment can not only be expensive to replace, but can also cause damage to other equipment or facilities at your marina, it’s important to ensure you are as prepared as you can be.
In addition to inspecting the marina electrical equipment and creating a thorough report on any potential issues your marina may be facing, Tess Electrical also inspects all other marina facilities including docks, piers, seawalls, physical structures and any other marina facilities to look for any additional areas where your marina may be vulnerable to a storm or hurricane. While some issues may be unable to be repaired or secured prior to a storm due to time and safety constraints, when Tess Electrical has a full understanding of all of the potential problems prior to the storm, it helps to better formulate a plan for repairs once the storm is completed based on the items that are the most vulnerable to damage or will have the biggest impact on the ongoing marina business.
Once the storm passes, the Tess Electrical team can be on site to perform any needed repairs, replacements or upgrades to any and all damage that your marina may have received as a result of the hurricane. Our team has the skills and experience needed to quickly repair your marina hurricane damage so you can minimize your downtime and ensure the safety of all of your patrons.