Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs
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Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

Hi there, I'm Udon Pollack. I am passionate about protecting foundations from flood damage. The foundation is the only thing connecting the house to the ground. It keeps the home standing through heavy storms and small land shifts. Every once in a while, foundations will develop cracks that let water seep through the walls. As a result, the basement may flood during the next heavy storm. In addition, water coming through the cracks continues to weaken the foundation. Luckily, people can have their foundations sealed up by a professional to stop this harmful progression. I will teach everyone the basics of flooded basement repairs through this site. Everyone deserves to have a sturdy home set on a strong foundation and I'm here to help people understand how to accomplish that feat. Thanks for visiting my site. Come back soon.

Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

Got A Dead Electrical Outlet? Fix The Problem Yourself

Jackson Andrews

It can be frustrating to plug something in to an electrical outlet, only to have the item not turn on. In most cases, the problem is small and is typically something you can fix on your own. Here are some steps you should follow if you have an electrical outlet that is not working.

Make Sure the Electrical Outlet is the Problem

The first thing you will need to do is make sure that the electrical outlet, rather than the electrical item, is the issue. Attempt to plug your item into another outlet that you know is working and then turn it on. If it still doesn't work, your electrical outlet is not the problem. However, if the item works fine in another outlet, you have now identified that the problem lies with the first outlet you tried.

Reset Your GFCI Outlet

If there is a GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, outlet, you will want to reset that outlet. Most GFCI outlets are found in kitchens and bathrooms, but can be placed in a variety of other rooms. These types of outlets may have multiple outlets connected to them. If the outlet trips, others connected to it may be affected. GFCI outlets have a "test" and "reset" button on them. Simply press the reset button to reset the GFCI outlet and all those connected to it. Then attempt to plug in your electrical item and use it. If it works, you have solved the problem; if not, proceed to the next step.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

If you are using multiple electrical items at once, you can trip your circuit breaker. The amount of energy you would need to use to do this varies based on the size of your breaker and the wiring in your home. However, if you trip a circuit breaker, power will be out to a certain portion of your home, including the affected dead outlet. If electricity is working everywhere else in your home except for the outlet, odds are, this isn't your problem. However, if power went out in only one room, or all the outlets seem to be out in an area, the breaker is most likely your problem. Follow these steps to fix this issue:

  1. Unplug any items that are plugged in to outlets that aren't working.
  2. Locate your circuit breaker box. Most are in the garage, but they can be anywhere inside or even outside your home.
  3. Look for any obviously tripped breakers. When a circuit trips, it will flip to the off position. In some cases, you can identify this by looking at the breakers. Slide it to the on position to solve your problem.
  4. If your box is labeled, flip the breaker for the affected space to the off and on position, if the above step did not solve your problem. If your box is not labeled, you may have to slide all of the breakers from the on to off position and back to find the affected one.

If this solves your problem, you had a tripped breaker. Having a tripped breaker once in a while is not a huge issue. However, if your breakers are constantly tripping, your breakers and electrical panel box are not equipped to supply the electricity you are using. A residential electrical service should be called out to upgrade your panel box.

Look for Loose Connections

If your outlet still isn't working, it is time to check for loose wires or connections. Follow these directions to do this:

  1. Turn off power to the room you are working with before you attempt any electrical work in the space.
  2. Use a flat head screwdriver to unscrew the screw holding the electrical plate on your outlet. Gently lift the plate away.
  3. Unscrew the two screws at the top and bottom of the electrical outlet.
  4. Gently pull the electrical outlet outward, being sure not to tug on the wires. Flip the outlet over in your hand so you can see the wires. If the wiring is loose, insert it back into the holes it is connected to. If the wiring is frayed, burnt or otherwise in poor condition, you will need a residential electrician to rewire the outlet for you.
  5. Once you have reinserted any loose wiring, screw everything back into place and test out the outlet.

There are many reasons why an electrical outlet may stop working. Most of the time, the problem is small and easy to fix on your own. You may need to reset a GFCI outlet, reset a tripped circuit breaker, or reinsert loose wiring connections. However, if you have attempted to fix all of these problems and they don't solve the issue, it may be time to call in an electrician. You may have problems with your electrical wiring, have blown a fuse in your electrical panel box, or need to have the outlet replaced. Contact a company like All American Air & Electric, Inc. for more information.