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Author Topic: basement leaking on the main circuit breaker box  (Read 3814 times)
frankxx
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« on: April 07, 2007, 10:30:49 AM »

Has anybody had a leaking problem on the basement  where the leak comes on the main circuit breaker box ??  I had the problem 21 years ago when I bought the house  (it was fix at the time)  and now is happening again...  the water comes on the botton corner of the breaker box panel........    any help would be appreaciated     Frank
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Rod Johnson
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007, 10:01:11 AM »

We get this call every now and then. The most common problem is that the contractor that put the electrical conduit through the wall during construction didn’t create a very good seal between the pipe and the outer edge of the hole. The area should have all the line located done, then hand excavation is used to expose the conduit. A rubberized asphaltic sealant like polybitume from Bakor is used to seal the spot. If the hydro cable itself is showing, then a different sealant must be used. We sell it in our online store. Barrie Hydro uses it to seal these types of things (H2O Moisture Absorbing Compound http://leak-proof.com/catalog/moisture-absorbing-compound-p-918.html). We only sell it in the box of 24 tubes though.
The conduit itself may also be at fault if the joints have come apart and water is entering it then traveling down the pipe to the electrical box.
You may want to also examine the wall very closely for cracks. They can cause these leaks as well.
As a safety concern, you may want to have an electrician or someone from your utility come over to examine the problem to make sure you are not in immediate danger of a short, electrocution or fire!

Rod Johnson
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