Severe water leakages or flash floods can cause a lot of damage to your home’s structure, the installations and belongings. Once you get the entire space cleaned and dried-out you start checking what things can be salvaged. Aside from the different fixtures and features, you would also have to get all the wiring checked.
After the flooding, the wiring in your home can become dysfunctional and dangerous. In case the wiring has been completely submerged in water, it goes without saying that you would have to get all the wiring replaced. Of course, not much can be done until the water has been completely removed from your property. Even after that, the lingering moisture can make your home dangerous.
This is because water is a very good conductor of electricity. Before anyone enters the wet areas in your home, it’s important that the electrical utility be disconnected at your home’s meter. Even after you have done this, it’s crucial that you also shut down power within the main circuit box, before you start on any salvaging and cleaning activity.
Call in the professionals
Call a reliable Residential Electrician in Sydney, from Quick Connect Electrical without delay. Our certified and insured electricians will thoroughly check the wiring. Even if it is in a working condition, it’s not really a good idea to use it again. The water can impact the wiring’s insulation and this increases the chances of an electrical fire down the line. The moisture can result in mildew and mould growth and that can corrode the metal parts; this is especially true in case salty sea water has flooded your property.
Aside from the expense involved in getting complete rewiring done, you would also have to factor in the cost of ripping open the walls to access the wiring and then repairing them too. Typically, in case there is a flood, the walls will have to torn down to the stud fittings and so this becomes the ideal time to upgrade the wiring installation in your home.
Why is flood water hazardous to your wiring?
The main reason why floodwater is so hazardous to building materials and wiring is that it brings in a number of contaminants. Sewage, chemicals, oils and a range of dangerous substances can easily get into the cracks and crevices; this is why it’s far better to just action a complete upgrade.
However, if the wiring has got damaged due to a water pipe leak, that water is clean; apart from that, there are lesser chances of the wiring being completely submerged in water. In cases such as these, there’s a possibility that the existing wiring can be salvaged. However, it’s best that we check the installation thoroughly before proclaiming the wiring to be completely safe.
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