Unfortunate though it may be, natural disasters are part of life. Though many of us do not like to think about what might happen in the case of a natural disaster, it’s important to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. Natural disasters can be particularly damaging when it comes to your electrical system. It can be dangerous dealing with restoring electricity if your power should go out during these times. Here are some things you should know if your power goes out as the result of a natural disaster.
Although you may not want another thing to deal with after a natural disaster, an electrical inspection may be necessary. If your electrical system has been flooded or if your electricity has not been turned on by your utility company because of the damage to your system, an inspection may be required. If you are replacing damaged equipment, electrical supplies or wiring, it may be necessary to get an inspection for those as well. Requesting an inspection may seem like a major inconvenience when you are trying to recover from a natural disaster, but being safe must be the priority here.
If you have electricity in your home, it may still be a good idea to get a licensed electrical contractor in to inspect your system to make sure everything is safe before turning your electricity back on. There could be damage to your system that may be hidden from view.
If it is determined that no damage was done to your home, you should still call your electrical utility company to get your power turned back on. They may require an Agency Request Inspection before doing so. This is a free inspection.
If your area is declared a disaster area, and there was flooding to your electrical system, you will need an L&I Agency Request Inspection. If no electrical problems are found, the utility company will be given the okay to turn the electricity back on.
If damage to your system was found, you will be given a list of what needs to be repaired. Then you will need to obtain an electrical permit for the repairs. Once repairs are made, you will need to get your L&I Agency Request Inspection. If there is no damage found at that time, the utility company will be given the okay to turn the power back on in your home.
At times, although it may seem like the damage to the electrical system in your home are an easy fix, it is always best to trust those repairs to a licensed electrician. He or she will know what is necessary as far as what electrical supplies to use to repair the system. Many electricians purchase supplies at electrical wholesale outlets. Electrical supply stores online are another good option.
When natural disasters happen, they can be devastating. However, it’s always best to be prepared. Hopefully, these tips can help you get back on track if a natural disaster hits your area.