Over the years, I have worked on identifying the origin and cause of damage to electrical and electronic equipment and systems. I am frequently asked whether anyone can actually differentiate between lightning-related surges and artificially generated electrical surges. The short answer to this question is “yes,” provided that a thorough and complete analysis is conducted by a qualified individual. A properly performed investigation and analysis should lead to a determination and clear identification of the source of a power surge within a sufficient degree of certainty.

There are many challenges that should be tackled in the process of investigating the cause of damage and the source of a power surge. Unfortunately, as many claim adjusters have discovered, sometimes circumstances outside of their control can limit their abilities to conduct a proper investigation.

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