The recent hurricane resulted in the interruption of electrical service to many homes and businesses. If electrical systems have been damaged, we know you are anxious to get the power back on. While restoring power is a priority, doing it safely is a necessity.
Water can be an undesirable conductor of electricity, so whenever water comes in contact with electrical equipment, a potential hazard exists. In many cases the water that has been in contact with the equipment has been contaminated with substances that can negatively affect the equipment’s integrity. Remaining water, debris, rust, and chemical contaminants are just some of the sources of hazard. If electrical distribution or control equipment has been in contact with water or moisture, it must be replaced.
Residual debris or wet surfaces may result in a loss of dielectric spacing within the equipment, presenting a hazard upon re-energization. Some equipment may be reconditioned as determined by a professional.
We suggest that you always seek professional advice before restoring electrical power and contact a qualified electrician, local electrical building code inspector and the local electrical utility.
Schneider Electric can help you safely restore your electrical power and address your electrical equipment needs! For assistance, call 1-888-778-2733.