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What happens when you accidentally spill water into an electrical outlet?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by [email protected], Jun 15, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    Ok, So I got home today from class and my brothers tell me that my
    youngest brother had splashed some water into the outlet when he
    washed his hands at the sink. Next there was a grinding sound, kind
    of like a garbage disposal...but no puff of smoke.

    Afterwards, everything seemed to be working fine, but a little later,
    four of our outlets stopped working. ( this includes the original
    outlet where the water was splashed into)

    I've already gone out to check if it tripped the circuit...which it
    did not. ( but i reset it just in case) Still no electricity.

    I've also taken it out to examine the wires and there is no sign or
    charring, burning, or carbonization. there was some water left inside
    which we tried to soak up with a towell. still the outlets don't

    I read the other discussion where the guy left it alone for a day and
    the next day everything worked fine...but the thing is...I'm not sure
    why the other three outlets stopped working as well?

    Please....any help would be great!

    Thank you in advance
  2. Guest

    If the house meets any current building codes, the outlet must have
    been on a GFCI circuit or a GFCI itself.
    If it was not a GFCI if could have been wired on the output side of a
    GFCI outlet somewhere else, along with the 4 outlets.
    Replace this outlet, and then go find the GFCI that is tripped and
    reset it.
  3. mc

    mc Guest

    I read the other discussion where the guy left it alone for a day and
    I think you tripped a GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter). One of the
    four will have a GFCI and the other three are wired downstream from it.
    Reset the GFCI after you're sure the outlet is dry.
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