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Flood Can Damage The Electrical Equipment

It may be instinctive to immediately begin the cleanup process after suffering damages caused by flooding. The North Dakota State Electrical Board would like to remind North Dakotans to use caution when dealing with water-damaged electrical equipment.

Electrical wiring and equipment that has been exposed to flood waters can be extremely dangerous if not examined and repaired or replaced.

It may not be initially apparent that wiring or fixtures are damaged. Flood waters can cause corrosion and sediment and other contaminants can be lodged in the equipment.

Electrical wiring and equipment exposed to water damage shall comply with the following:
All breaker panel boards, breakers, fuses, disconnect switches, controllers, receptacles, switches, light fixtures, and electric heaters that have been submerged or exposed to water damage shall be replaced or all electrical equipment, switchgear, motor control centers, boilers and boiler controls, electric motors, transformers, and other similar equipment such as appliances, water heaters, dishwashers, ovens, and ranges that have been submerged shall be reconditioned by the original manufacturer or by is approved representative or replaced.

Electrical wiring may require replacement depending on the type of wire or cable and what application it was listed for.

Reference: www.valleynewslive.com