Hi. Were are victims of Superstorm Sandy. Sandy's salt waters rose about 5" above the foundation. The tide did not stay at that height long enough to totally flood the inside of our home. The flood waters did stay high enough to get for the space between the outside and inside walls wet. Our electric box in the basement was submerged for 5 days as we didn't have a pump to get pump the water out.
Our small cape was built in 1933 and has a lot of the original electrical wiring
. The old electric wires have a type of fabric as insulation
. The electrical outlets
(both old and new) were submerged as well. FEMA covered the replacement of a new box and whatever electric lines there were in the basement. I have a couple of concerns:
- water was trapped between the outer walls and the inner walls--I DON"T KNOW to what extent, if any, the salt water damaged the electric lines in the walls. Those lines are old and covered in some type of fabric insulation. Do I have to replace the electric lines / wires/ outlets that may have come into contact with salt water?
- How do I know if they have to be replaced? Especially, because FEMA DIDN'T cover replacing other electric wires/boxes/outlets. A FEMA rep told me that they pay for us to rewire the house.
-because the box was submerged for days, would the fabric covered electric wires have wicked the water from the basement up the lines/wires thru the house?
-do I have to replace those electric lines and boxes? If not the whole electric lines, can I replace some?
-what I am looking for as far as whether or not I should replace those lines?
Please help us. I have 3 kids and it IS a wood framed house. I am scared of 2 things-worms and the electric box. I am afraid that the house will catch fire because I DON"T KNOW WHAT SANDY'S SALT WATER and neighbors home heating oil damaged and needs to be replaced. And FEMA only paid for us to replace the box in the basement and some outlets and electric lines in the basement. What do I do about the electric in rest of the house?