Most know and understand that electricity and moisture do not mix. If the outlet gets wet, it is a high risk to any home and person. Obviously, the best option is to prevent moisture from making contact with your outlets, however, it can be unavoidable under surrounding circumstances in some instances. In the event the outlets in your California home get wet, we at Peterkin Electric would like to relate some safety tips and suggestions you should take with this in mind.
Turn Off Power to GFCI Outlet
Whenever there is an interruption in the flow of electricity, GFCI, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, outlets are designed to shut down. When there is water damage from a leak or even excess humidity seeps into the outlet, the shutoff is automatic and can occur. By turning on the exhaust fan or turning the outlet off, you can contribute to water damage prevention. Simply press the reset and test buttons simultaneously to shut off a wet GFCI outlet manually. There are additional steps to follow if the water damage is more severe. Making it seem that the outlet is no longer functional, the water damage can cause the electric flow to be interrupted in some cases, the wires connected to the outlet may still carry a live electrical current, however. In this scenario, electrocution and electric fires are a high risk. Minimize the risk by immediately powering down at the breaker box switch once you know the outlet has been exposed to water.
Turn Off Power at Breaker Box
Even if the outlet is GFCI-rated and cut the power, it is highly recommended and encouraged that you shut the power off at the breaker box. Flip the corresponding breaker to the off position to ensure the wet outlet id no longer having any kind of electric flow if your box’s switches are accurately labeled. Until you find the right one if they are not labeled until you find the right one, systematically switch them off one at a time. To make sure the correct breaker is switched off, call an electrician if you are unsure or use a voltage meter to test the outlet. Especially if you are not sure if the correct breaker switch was flipped, do not attempt to repair, remove, or use the outlet, unless you have substantial experience in the electrical industry. You should turn off the power at the main breaker if multiple outlets were affected by water. Usually, you can find the main breaker is the box on your electric pole outside. To avoid potential serious injuries, do not try to flip the main breaker switch unless you are familiar with its location.
What to Do if an Electrical Outlet Gets Wet
You replace the outlet and avoid using it until it is replaced if any moisture makes contact, particularly when significant volumes of water come into contact with your outlet. Should your home be inflicted with flooding, turn the power off at the main breaker and call for an electrical inspection service.