Many of our neighbors in the Carolinas are continuing to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The devastating flooding that we saw, along with last year’s floods in the Columbia area, have led to lots of work for electrical contractors. Obviously, water damage presents a host of issues for anything related to electricity. You may be interested to know that there are certain types of residential electrical supplies that you should never try to reuse after they are exposed to water.

The experts at Underwriters Laboratories worked with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors to report on how contractors should treat water-damaged electrical equipment. Although some components can be reconditioned, it’s recommended that you replace these items any time they are exposed to water.

  • Controllers (solid-state)
  • Circuit breakers (molded-case)
  • Fuses
  • Transformers (dry type)
  • Receptacles, GFCIs, AFCIs, switches
  • Surge protective devices (transient voltage)
  • Wiring that’s not suitable for wet locations

Electrical contractors have a very important responsibility: to guarantee the safety of the electrical systems in a home. They will always do everything they can to make repairs that will be reliable and safe for many years to come. They’ll follow guidelines like these to make sure everything at a home is installed properly and working correctly.

Are you a contractor in need of residential electrical supplies for water damage from floods or any other reason? Carolina Electrical Supply Company is ready to help. We have a huge warehouse in Rock Hill, SC that’s full of every part you could need to get your work done. We welcome business from throughout North and South Carolina. Call CESCO and let us supply your jobs today!