Water Damage And Your Electrical System
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that water and electricity do not mix, even for a minute. Water damage can render a home beyond repair if it is severe enough, but damage to your electrical systems or appliances can significantly increase the cost of your final repair bills.
It should be noted that when water damage occurs, all utilities should be shut off at the source, even if the power has been knocked out. Under no circumstances should anyone enter a water damaged room while the power is still on. The reason for shutting the electricity off at the source is a simple one; the power will come kicking back on eventually, and you want to be able to control when that happens. Standing ankle deep in water is not the best time to experience your house suddenly flaring back to electrical life.
Appliances that may have water damage should be unplugged and not used again until they have been dried out, repaired, and inspected by a qualified electrician. The same protection goes for your electrical outlets and wiring.
It’s an involved process, but you can take steps to protect your home’s electrical system from the threat of water damage. Appliances that are located in the basement or your first floor can be relocated to an upper level. Most two-story homes now have their washrooms located on upper levels, but it is not at all uncommon for folks to place their washer/dryers in the basement to cut down on the noise.
Electrical wiring and outlets are a more difficult proposition, but folks living in extremely flood-prone areas may want to consider elevating their outlets and electrical boxes to a higher point on the wall. Admittedly this requires more than basic electrical knowledge and construction expertise, but it can be done (again, by a certified electrician). Of course, this is no guarantee against water damage, as enough depth can ruin any preventative measures you take, but it will certainly protect your home’s electrical components from minor flooding or other instances of water damage.
In any case of serious water damage, your best bet is to contact a local water damage restoration professional like Restoration Local. Our service providers bring the training and experience to bear on even the largest water damage problems, utilizing the latest in equipment and procedures to get all the water out and returning your property to its pre-loss condition.
Restoration Local is one of the leading water restoration providers in the country, with providers in more than 30 states, same day service available, and all work guaranteed. Our providers will also work with your insurance company to make sure everything is properly taken care of, and our guarantee means you can rest assured of a quality job done right the first time.