Everybody knows that water and electricity should never be mixed, but sometimes accidents happen. Depending on the location, electrical wires are susceptible to water damage. However, you may not notice the damage right away. Concealed electrical wires makes noticing irregularities more difficult. If you notice that you have any water damage near electrical wires, you need to contact an electrician who will inspect, assess and repair any damage to the home’s electrical wiring.
The electrical system, a combination of wires, plugs, circuits, and switches, is complex and potentially dangerous. Only a licensed and qualified electrician should do electrical inspections or repairs.
There are three main wires in any electrical system:
Electrical wires can be damaged if the wires are exposed to water, especially if the wire insulation is damaged and the wires are exposed.
Some ways in which water damages electrical wires are:
Water is a very good conductor of electricity. Damaged electrical wires, especially in the presence of water can:
Electrical wires are not aesthetically pleasing, and no one wants to see them coming out of walls or ceilings. It’s for this reason that when installed, they are concealed as much as possible.
The main problem with not being able to see the wiring is that you may miss any damage until it is too late. Some signs will alert you to potential problems with electrical wiring, so if you notice the following, you must call an electrician to do an inspection as soon as possible:
In the event that you have water damage to your home’s wiring, you should consider the following:
Did you accidentally spill water? If there are no exposed wires, damage is unlikely. Unplug the device, mop up excess water and let the device or appliance dry naturally.
After it has dried, plug the appliance or device back in and see if it is working. DO NOT open and attempt to repair the appliance yourself, especially while it is still wet. Always call an electrician.
Stay away if you notice any exposed wires that are wet or submerged in water! Switch off the power at the main switch and immediately call an electrician.
If you notice water running down the wall from the ceiling or pouring out of plug outlets, light switches, or light fixtures, there is a good chance that the electrical wiring has gotten wet and may be damaged.
In these instances:
If your home is damaged by floodwaters or a burst water pipe, you will need to have all the electrical wiring inspected by a professional electrician.
You will need to:
Water and electricity are a dangerous and sometimes lethal combination. If you suspect that you have water damage near your home’s electrical wiring, you need to contact an electrician immediately.
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