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Electronic Components and Water Damage

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Many parts of your business infrastructure in Leicester,NC, have various electronic elements to supply power and create control interfaces. Unfortunately, these pieces of equipment can be some of the most adversely affected by a flood. Consider the following specifications and guidelines about when repairs and replacements are necessary for your flooded electronics.

1. NEMA Guidelines

One of the most reliable sources of information regarding water-damaged equipment is the set of standards created by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). While this organization advises that any specific questions should be answered by the company that created the product, NEMA does offer a handbook with general guidelines about the types of components that are the most prone to damage from water.

2. A Few Examples

Some components are especially susceptible to electronic damage from flooding and will likely need complete replacement. Molded case circuit breakers, low-voltage fuses and many switch types are difficult to assess and repair even by the manufacturer. Likewise, many relays, signaling systems and components using semiconductors and transistors may need to be replaced. Flooded electronics such as motors and wires can succumb to oxidation and corrosion after water contact and should be inspected accordingly.

3. Safety

Even repairable components may require extra steps as indicated by an operator’s manual or by direct contact with the manufacturer. In any situation involving a powered appliance, power must be turned off at the circuit breaker before attempting any assessment or repair. Additionally, some components such as batteries can become hazardous as a result of water damage, leaking pollutants or caustic agents into the surrounding area. Circuit interrupters and surge protectors can develop shorts quickly during flooding, meaning that other electronic devices are subsequently prone to damage.

A bit of general knowledge regarding flooded electronics and their status can be helpful in solving urgent problems. Contact a local qualified water damage specialist for additional information about how to keep your business functioning after a flood event.

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