Flood and storm damage can create all sorts of emergency electrician problems for Sydney residents. Following a major storm, restoring power is one of the highest priorities. Water damage can effect safety switches, fuses, outlets, wiring, appliances and devices.
Outcomes From Storm Damage may include Power Surges – a power surge will usually last less than a thousandth of a second. It can occur due to high powered electrical devices creating a spike in electrical current when they are switched on for operation. Household electrical items such as refrigerators, air-con units and heaters are common culprits of power surges. Power surges are also caused by tripped safety switches due to short circuits on faulty wiring.
Lightning Strikes that strike close to a power line will also cause a surge. A single strike can cause burnout of multiple appliances including TVs, PCs, Microwaves, Dishwashers, Dryers, Washing Machines etc.
Any type of water damage to wiring allows greater risk of devastating property damage, wires may come exposed and exposing you to electric shock. When appliances or devices are submerged in water, a buzzing noise is coming from light switches or outlets, or water is dripping from lighting fixtures, it’s really time to call an electrician.
Ways To Prepare For A Storm
- Install a surge protector safety device on your power
- Isolate your solar power by isolating the safety switch
- Turn off switches, power outlets and other electrical components
- Have food essentials, water, hand torch and a emergency kit prepared