As BC faces catastrophic flooding and landslides, a number of lower mainland homeowners are left with consequential damage to their homes. This traumatic flooding is not only damaging to the structure of one’s home, yet also to the health of those that live within. These damages may cause weak walls, buckling floors, mould growth, and unfortunately, impaired electrical systems. With that being said, it is extremely important for homeowners to contact an electrician after flooding, as any electrical equipment that has been underwater will likely need to be replaced. Keep reading to find out why hiring an electrician after a flood is necessary for the wellbeing of you and your home.
First of all, as we all know water and electricity are not a good match. These two dangerous components can lead to a threatening fire hazard, therefore if any of your electrical equipment has been underwater, it is important to immediately contact an electrician. This is not an ideal opportunity to “Youtube DIY” your way out of a wet electrical system, as the outcome may be life-threatening. When hiring a qualified professional, you can expect them to carefully assess the damages and determine what will need to be repaired or replaced in a safe manner.
To continue, when a qualified electrician comes to inspect your home post-flood, they will carefully examine your home and provide insight from their knowledge and experience. You can expect your electrician to cautiously check for electrical shortages, damaged wires, broken fixtures, and grounding of all circuits. In addition, they will closely examine outlets, switches, fuses, receptacles, smoke detectors, thermostats, etc. You can trust that an electrician will be knowledgeable of what needs to be done and what to look for, as they are highly experienced and have likely dealt with similar situations.
As all homes are different and the intensity of damages can vary, hiring an electrician will give you a precise evaluation regarding the water damage in your home. However, in most situations, it is the safest option to replace all electrical equipment, even if the damage is not visible. Trying to power a device that has been “drying”, is very risky for you and your home.
Whether you are interested in an electrical inspection post-flood or wiring and electrical equipment replacement, the experts at AJ’s Electrical are here to help. Big or small jobs, we strive to provide prompt, professional service at a price you can afford. The owners have 60+ years combined experience in the trade and have passed down that experience to our technicians. We are fully bonded and insured with honest, courteous and reliable technicians that make every minute count to complete on time and on budget.