14 May Denver Plumbing Pros Can Help Reduce Electrical Fire Hazards at Home
Summer in Colorado is also known as lightning season and the formidable–although often forgotten–threat to your safety should never be underestimated. Lightning strikes can cause massive power surges, around 50,000 degrees F of heat per bolt, which can then result in fires leaving extensive property damages worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as deaths and injuries. These grave risks should encourage every homeowner to improve protection at home.
Aside from installing lightning protection systems and surge protection devices, you can fix certain elements in your home to reduce or eliminate common fire hazards. Even without lightning, there are certain parts of the home that may be prone to sparking electrical fires, especially if the property was built before the updated building codes. Keep in mind that water conducts electricity, so you can’t discount your plumbing system from the needed maintenance work or repairs aimed at reducing fire hazards. Here are some safety measures involving your plumbing system that you may need to adopt:
Rewiring Electric Heaters and Other Appliances
When the cords and other conductor parts of electric water heaters, boilers, washing machines, and clothes dryers are exposed or left in improper locations, they need to be rewired. The same should be done on appliances (including furnaces and other HVAC equipment) that are near plumbing systems, which can come in contact with dripping or leaking water, sewage backups, and other liquid seepages or runoffs. Vents should also be kept clean and free from obstructions.
Fixing Water Leaks
Any leak from plumbing fixtures should be patched up immediately. When you let water drip along walls or on surfaces, the trickles or pools of water can reach your electricity sources and lines, which could cause short circuits. Have risky areas inspected for leaks, including outdoor spaces near pools (which probably have electric systems for lighting and other appliances), crawl spaces, and unfinished basements. Call on Denver plumbing experts to ensure the job is done thoroughly and accurately.
Reconnecting or Replacing Sprinklers
If your home does not have working sprinklers, or if the water supply does not get to the system efficiently, have them reconnected or replaced by plumbers. Check your local fire safety regulations, and make sure your contractor updates your system accordingly.
Most importantly, don’t attempt to do any of these on your own, as well as any repair work that would require welding if you’re not certified to do so. Leave the job to licensed and experienced Denver plumbers, such as the professionals of Total Plumbing, for your safety, as well as that of your property and your family.
Playing With Electricity: The Danger Of Lightning In Colorado, CBS Denver
LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)