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Flooding and Electrical Safety

flooding and electrical safetyWith the recent influx of flooding in various areas throughout the country, the issue of electrical safety during a flood is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Should electrical equipment come into contact with flood water, the very serious danger of electrocution occurs. After a flooding event and in the clean-up phase when the waters from a flood have dispersed, there are still more risks because there is a serious risk of electrocution from appliances damaged by water.

The risk of an electrical accident during or after flooding is often ignored, since most victims of floods are occupied with other devastating issues. Unfortunately though, electrical safety is the first thing that should be considered when re-entering a home or property damaged by floods.

Here are some very important tips to keep in mind during and after a flood when it comes to electrical safety:

  • Never step into a flooded room that may have electrical appliances, cords, or outlets that have been in contact with water.
  • Never attempt to access or turn off electrical power at the breaker box if it requires you to stand in water to do it. If you can’t safely reach your breaker box from a dry area, immediately call your electric company or an electrician to turn off your home’s power at the meter.
  • Never attempt to use an electrical appliance or come into contact with electric switches, fuses or wires, while you’re wet or standing in water.
  • Always keep electrical equipment or tools at least 10 feet away from any wet surface. Never use electrical gardening or yard tools while it’s raining or if the ground is still wet.
  • If any of your electrical appliances have come into contact with water, have them professionally checked out before they are plugged back in or used. Water damage may cause them to need to be repaired or even replaced to avoid an electrical fire.
  • Remember that although your power company may have turned the electricity off externally, it is always smart to turn it off at the circuit breaker box inside your home as well. Power may be restored by the power company without your knowledge causing a surge of power throughout your home that may have water near dangerous electrical hazards. 

After a flood, some major decisions may have to be made regarding the appliances or electronics in your home. A thorough electrical inspection is vital to your family’s safety following a flood. John's Electrical experts are standing by today to answer all of your questions related to flood safety and to conduct in depth inspections of your homes electrical system.

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John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

Aubrey and Jeremy were awesome! I have an old house with old wiring and needed to install a new Range and above Range Microwave. They worked very hard to run new wiring to the breaker box in the basement, installed new plugs, and installed the appliances with great care.

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When you need help from an electrician IMMEDDIATELY, this is the company to call. They came out right away, gave me several options for the repair, and the pricing was fair. I can tell you this, if I had another electrical problem this is the company that I would call.

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I called because of the great reviews, and was not disappointed. I told Aubrey what was going on and he knew right where the problem was. He communicated well when he would be here and scheduled time with the power company to shut off the main power to replace the main breaker.

I appreciated that Aubrey took the time to make sure that everything was working before he left.

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Solved a problem thus restoring my power to some areas of my house

Had a number of outlets not working and lost AC in 97 degree weather--he came twice the 1st time approx 1hr 20 minutes--wasn't able to locate problem---this I put on myself as I was unaware of putting a breaker box behind a vanity that hadn't been move since purchase of my house. Second visit after some search found problem 1hr

OK the skinny--I think he was professional--on time

Was upfront on costs

Problem once the second box was located was an easy fix so thought a touch high on price--that said it was upfront and had I had the answer to location as I should have I think the billing would be much lower so will put this on myself. In other words I don't think he would have ripped me off

Bonus was after having 4 others trying to blame AC and being told I needed a new one---he said everything in my problems was electrical--and viewing my AC said it was fine--no need of new unit--for the moment if right saving me $$$$

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