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Electrical safety during a flood

Two Story Home with Flooded Lawn

The DC area is likely to see more rain over the next few months as fall weather arrives. Among the many issues that homeowners could face if the rain is particularly torrential is flooding. This opens families up to a number of safety hazards, not least of which has to do with the exposure of electrical systems to moisture. As one of the leading Fairfax electrical service companies, we are very familiar with the problems that arise from the combination of electrical components and flood waters.

Homeowners should educate themselves about the dangers such situations pose and how to deal with them. Popular Mechanics has a rundown of four rules for dealing with electrical issues after a flood which can give you a basic understanding of what you should do:

  • Don't enter your flood-damaged basement until an electrician or utility worker has disconnected the electric meter. Doing so is the only way to ensure that there is no power running to your house.
  • Flooding will almost certainly ruin most electric components. Items such as switches, outlets, and appliances will need to be replaced, and you shouldn't try to operate them once they've been submerged. A licensed Fairfax. VA HVAC repair contractor can tell you if any heating or cooling equipment can be salvaged.
  • Have an electrician examine whether the grounding and bonding of your electrical system has been damaged, as is typically the case with flooding.
  • Never enter your flooded building alone, even if the electricity is turned off. Make sure you have proper safety equipment and clothing in the event that you slip and fall.

If you experience flooding because of a storm, we urge you to contact the electricians at John C. Flood to inspect, assess and repair the damage so that you and your family can get back to normal as soon as possible.