With 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.
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!