How to Prevent Water Damage in Electrical Areas of Your Home
Finding out you have water issues in your home can be a nightmare. Whether it is in a bathroom, the kitchen, or the basement, it means a lot of work for you or a company with home restoration services. Perhaps the only thing worse than water damage would be when it also involves the electrical components of your home. Rather than being a burden to clean up and causing damage to your home, you’ve now got a pressing safety concern on your hands. To help keep you and your family members safe, here’s how to prevent water damage in electrical areas of your home.
Know Areas of Concern
Before you can prevent water damage in places with lots of electricity, you need to know exactly where those areas are. In order to get power to your home you’ll either have a power line near you home, or it will be buried near the electrical meter. You’ll also have a breaker panel in your home where your main electrical supply line enters the home and you have the main circuit breaker. As you stand at your breaker panel, you’ll be able to see where the rest of the electricity is distributed throughout your home (hopefully your panel is well-labeled!). These will be areas where you’ll want to keep water at bay.
Hopefully your home is built securely, especially when it comes to your electrical panel. If, however, you start to notice signs of water damage near or around your electrical panel you’ll want to find the source of the problem immediately. Check your roof for any drainage issues that may be causing water to find a new path from your roof to the ground. Make sure your yard has proper drainage so that water can flow away from your home instead of pooling up inside. Make sure the exterior of your home is secure and sealed.
Watch for Water
One of the best ways to prevent water damage is to watch for early signs of damage. If you find any water in areas you shouldn’t, especially near electrical areas, shut off electricity and find the source of the problem. Pay close attention to your water heater, your water and dryer, the appliances in your kitchen, and areas where you may have pipes near other plugged in items.
After Water Damage
If you’ve experienced water damage, don’t use your electricity until you know it is safe to do so. You may need an electrician to come out and give you an all clear. Next, you’ll want to start the flood restoration process. You may wonder where to begin, “what are restoration services?” or how much does SERVPRO charge for water extraction? To get started, it is a good idea to search “water damage restoration companies near me” for water damage cleanup tips and restoration services.
If you are looking for water damage restoration in Utah, RestoreMasters can help (as well as handling fire damage, mold removal, and sewer backups). Contact RestoreMasters today to get your house in proper working order.