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How flooding affects your electrical equipment and wiring

by Lauterborn Electric on August 7th, 2012

The recent water main breaks in the Center City and Northeast sections in Philadelphia created electrical issues for the home owners whose homes were flooded as a result. We recently gave estimates to several homeowners affected by the flooding which completely submerged the entire basement and in some instances reached mid level on the first floor. The electrical equipment and wiring inside homes is generally rated for dry locations cannot be compromised by water mixed with contaminants. Complete replacement of wiring and equipment affected by flooding is necessary to assure the safe and proper working conditions for the homes electrical system. Floodwater contaminants can create serious fire hazards if electrical wiring and equipment have been submerged in water.

In conclusion, corrosion and insulation damage can occur when water and silt get inside electrical devices and products. Water can also damage the motors in electrical appliances. Therefore, you should be prepared to replace:

  • Circuit breakers and fuses
  • All electrical wiring systems
  • Light switches, thermostats, outlets, light fixtures, electric heaters and ceiling fans – -Furnace burner and blower motors, ignition transformers, elements, and relays for furnaces and hot water tanks
  • Washing machines, dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, vacuums, power tools, exercise equipment and similar appliances
  • Electronic equipment, including computers and home entertainment systems

For all of your electrical needs contact your licensed electrical contractor Lauterborn Electric

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