Show The Love: Get Your Home Ready for the Rain

Woman with Umbrella in RainWith the onslaught of wet weather we’ve been expe­ri­enc­ing lately you might want to pay a lit­tle more atten­tion your home. Show it some love by mak­ing it wet-weather ready.

Rain water (any water) can dam­age your home’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem and be quite incon­ve­nient and costly to fix. Out­lets and wiring that are exposed to water can dam­age appli­ances. Rain water always takes us by sur­prise and, among other things, can cause dis­rup­tions in your home’s power sup­ply. Storm dam­age can def­i­nitely be a nui­sance and suck up time bet­ter spent on other things.

So what should you do?  Dur­ing fall and win­ter, there are cer­tain things you should con­sider to keep your house hum­ming along before a downpour.

First, be mind­ful if you have an older home, say, one that was built in the 1940s or 1950s. Things def­i­nitely wear out in older homes and insu­la­tion to pro­tect wiring is no excep­tion. You may also have bad joints or faulty seals, or tape that has come loose that exposes old wiring. For new home­own­ers become a good rain cop: find the prob­lem early and fix it before it gets out of hand.

Sec­ond, water can short cir­cuit an elec­tri­cal sys­tem or impede its func­tion­ing. H20 can be a slip­pery vil­lain in your home’s win­ter story. Water can sit with­out caus­ing any harm. Then, water vapor can spread to other areas and cause seri­ous problems. So, if you see water on an appli­ance or elec­tri­cal com­po­nent out­side, wipe it off thoroughly.

Third, when lights begin to flicker while it’s rain­ing and then go out, what should you do? Well, if your power doesn’t come back on soon, say within 20–30 min­utes, call the power com­pany. Gen­er­ally power will be restored quickly. Some­one from the power com­pany will even come to your home to check on things at no charge and hope­fully resolve the prob­lem. But if the issue remains, it’s up to you, or a pro­fes­sional you hire, to do some detec­tive work. It could be a loose wire, a faulty breaker, or an issue with wiring from the meter to the panel, or some com­bi­na­tion of these things. Full length of a young businesswoman in overcoat with umbrella s

Per­haps you’d rather be singing in the rain rather than wor­ry­ing about it. Well, take some sim­ple pre­cau­tions to pre­pare your home before the next storm, and strike up your favorite tune!


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