When Storms Cause Electrical Problems
What Can I Do to get the Power Back On After a Storm? Storm Damaged Home Electrical Systems, Water and Flood Damaged Electrical Wiring.
Storm Damaged Electrical Systems
A storm came through yesterday and tripped a number of circuit breakers. I reset all of them, but several of the GFCI outlets are still not working. Is there something else I can do short of replacing the outlets?
This electrical question came from Sesha, a Homeowner in Houston, Texas.
Thanks for your electrical repair question Sesha.
Storm Damaged Home Electrical Systems
- Severe storms can produce a variety of potential problems with home electrical systems. Replacing outlets is most likely not the problem.
- From what you are describing if all the circuit breakers have been reset and turned back on and you are still having trouble then I would encourage you to contact your homeowners insurance company or a licensed professional electrical contractor who will perform a variety of electrical tests which will identify the problems and then make the necessary repairs.
Water and Flood Damaged Electrical Wiring
- When extreme flooding occurs and home electrical wiring that is not rated for moisture has become saturated with water then the wiring should be replaced.
- In areas where there is a high probability of flooding it may be best to install the home electrical wiring with materials which are approved for moisture, such as PVC conduits, fittings and PVC boxes and THWN wire.
- When extreme flooding occurs the outlets and switches should be replaced and a full inspection of the electrical system should be performed before restoring electrical power.
NOTE: All home assessments and repairs should be made through the local building authority and participating federal or state agencies. The home insurance company should be notified as well. All home repairs should be made by a licensed contractor.
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