The damage caused by major flooding such as what was seen in Hurricane Harvey can leave homes and families devastated. The electrical wiring that sits within the home can often become damaged beyond repair. Even if it appears that the wiring is untouched, it is still important to be cautious and assume the proper safety measures beforehand. Even if something has just a small amount of water, it is going to need to be completely replaced.
- If an appliance even has a few inches of water or less, it is still important to dispose of it.
- Always approach every flooding situation safely in case there is a risk for live electrical wires being present.
- Although some wiring systems may be salvageable, they can often short after awhile, making it best to just replace the whole electrical system.
“Electrical repairs have the potential for danger under normal circumstances, and adding water to the mix increases that potential significantly.”