Electrical Outlets and Water
When water damage takes place most people will look at the obvious damage first. This may include water on the floor, wet cabinets, broken water pipes and in general water spreading throughout your home. They may even attempt to begin the drying process themselves, this is not a bad idea as being proactive can save a lot of trouble down the road. However, one of the most forgotten issues of when water damage occurs is not looking out for electrical outlets, as it is common to be able to find them all around a home.
It is advised to unplug anything connected to the outlets, if possible shut off the outlet and remove anything that uses electricity nearby. If necessary you can even shut off the electricity in the building until the situation is under control. Once the situation is steady and you confirm that the damage is minor, you can attempt to dry the outlet yourself. It is advised to not plug anything into a wet outlet for at least a day. A wet outlet in usage can become dangerous. It can instantly shock anyone that comes into contact with it, the pain can then range anywhere from mild to severe. Not only is the outlet already damaged, but it also has the potential to damage any product that gets plugged into it. Thus, the problem begins extending beyond water damage. In extreme measures, wet outlets can catch on fire and create dangers all around. The length of time and cost to resolve the issue will then increase dramatically along with the stress.
So remember, when water damage occurs, become aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for electricity outlets and components. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is ready to step in if necessary. Available at (626) 852-9922 feel free to give us a call. We are also available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.