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Why Should You Be Concerned About Electricity When Addressing Flood Damage in Your Orlando Home?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water on wood floor; floodcuts; drywall removed Water and electricity don’t mix. Safety is our overriding factor when performing water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Takes Care of Electrical Issues to Prevent Interruption of Flood Restoration

Flooding is primarily a moisture problem. However, it involves other aspects too that, if improperly handled, can lead to unpleasant outcomes. The electrical systems in your Orlando home are one aspect you must consider since flooding interferes with them in many ways.

Issues with electrical systems can interfere with or halt the flood damage restoration at your Orlando home. A problem that can stop the restoration processes is personal injury from electrocution, especially if the water reaches high enough to touch the electrical outlets on the walls. SERVPRO technicians tackle this problem differently, including using non-contact voltage detectors to check for electricity flow through water before walking into flooded areas. We also wear PPE such as rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves, which offer sufficient insulation.

Electricity can also halt restoration processes if:

  • It damages the water restoration equipment
  • There is no power supply to your property due to storms
  • There is interference with the distribution

Many of the equipment necessary when restoring flood damage, including water extractors and drying apparatus, are electrically powered. Operating such equipment in a damp environment without protection can lead to permanent damage. Safety comes in the form of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. Such security is standard in outlets placed in rooms with water sources such as bathrooms or kitchens. Since it is not always possible to access the protected outlets, other solutions are necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians use portable GFCIs to protect restoration equipment when using regular outlets.

Other tools that enhance the safety and reliability of electricity include:

  • Circuit analyzers that check circuit amperage
  • Portable generators
  • Power distribution boxes for power conversion

SERVPRO of South Orange County addresses common as well as unique issues during flood damage restoration. Call us at (407) 226-2621. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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