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Flooded Electrical Systems Are Hazardous

After a flood, everyone is eager to get back in to their homes and businesses to start the clean up process. However, it is important to take the necessary safety precautions because entering a building with standing water can be an electrical hazard that can result in death by electrocution.

All utility power must be shut off before entering a flooded home. A licensed electrician, fire safety professional, or utility worker can turn off power at the meter to ensure that no electrical current enters the building. Once this is done, you may enter the premises to assess damage or pump remaining water out.

Flood Water Ruins Electrical Components

Most electrical equipment is not considered safe after flood waters are gone. Flooded electrical equipment is considered ruined and requires complete replacement. Replace the following electrical components after submersion:

  • Romex wiring (plastic-coated building wiring)
  • Armored cabling (or RX cables)
  • Fuse boxes and fuses
  • Circuit boxes, circuit breakers, and circuit boards
  • Switches
  • Outlets and receptacles
  • Subpanels

Flooded HVAC equipment should be inspected by a professional HVAC or electrical technician to determine whether or not components may be salvaged or if it needs replacement. Work with your flood insurance provider, if you have one. If you don’t have flood insurance, work through FEMA and DisasterAssistance.gov.

Note: Check out our blog on recovery assistance resources for more information on available help.

Your entire electrical system must be thoroughly inspected and tested by a licensed professional. Only a licensed professional can safely assess electrical damage. Do not turn on power without professional clearance.

Cooper Can Help After Flooding

Cooper Mechanical Services and Cooper Electrical Services provide comprehensive electrical services to South Carolina businesses and homeowners. As a local business, we’ve weathered many storms. The Cooper team brings expertise and professionalism to the repair and recovery process.

If your business or home has been impacted by flooding, Cooper is ready to inspect and repair electrical and HVAC systems to help get you back up and running. Call Cooper for more information or to schedule a service call.