Generators need to be started now
The phone was ringing at Jake’s Snapper in Abbeville on Tuesday and on the other end of the line were residents who could not start their generators.
When the phone begins ringing off the hook with people worried about their generators, that only means one thing - there is a hurricane nearby.
“We had a generator come in this morning and we’re expecting three more later today,” Christian Hebert of Jake’s Snapper said. “I need to work on these generators first before the lawn mowers. They will need them more if that hurricane comes.”
Hurricane Gustav is a few days away from entering the Gulf of Mexico and computers have predicted the storm will make landfall by the start of next week.
However, residents in the parish are not waiting. Many began pulling out their generators to see if they still work. Some have not been started since Hurricane Rita in 2005, which is not good news.
“If it had not been started since Rita, there is a 99 percent chance it won’t start,” Christian Hebert of Jake’s Snapper said.
Hebert said the reason the generators won’t start is because there is buildup of old gas in the carburetor. The gas gets thick and stops up the pin holes in the carburetor.
If the pin holes get clogged, it won’t allow gas to flow through the carburetor when someone tries to start it.
The generator may start but it will eventually die, he said.
To avoid the buildup Hebert said a generator needs to be started at least every month to let the gas flow through the carburetor.
“Don’t wait until there is a hurricane in the Gulf to worry about your generator,” Hebert said. “Take it out now and see if it will start.”