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Old 12-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Main Circuit Breaker Panel Water Leak - HELP

I live in Ohio and we have had horrible rain the past 2 days. Last night our Christmas lights caused a circuit breaker to trip, so I went down to fix it and noticed a slow drip/leak coming from behind the panel. We have always had water damage in this area and it is evident by the discolor on the wall, but this is the first time I have seen the drip. Looking closely it is coming from behind the panel, the ceiling isn't wet and the main panel doesn't seem to be wet. Is this something that needs to be checked out immediately? We had an electrician out a few months back and he didn't seem to concerned with the dis coloring due to water under the panel, but I just wanted some help on if this is a huge concern. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 12-06-2011, 03:23 PM   #2
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Water dripping on a main panel? Ha you should be concerned.
Most likly a leaking roof flange around the power mast going throught the roof.


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Old 12-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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i would consider that a HUGE concern requiring immediate attention by a professional!!!!!!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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If there is an attic space above that, quick go up there with a flashlight and see if you can tell where it is leaking from (before it stops raining).

This can be tricky detective work. Water can leak down onto a pipe, board, or wire, then travel down that to another location. So a leak in the roof could be many feet away from that location. You need to catch it in the act!

Also if that is on an outside wall, if there is wiring going into that panel from the outside which does not have a "drip loop", that could be the problem. Here is what a drip loop looks like...
(Water drips from the bottom of the wire instead of trying to go inside.)

And the wires should go DOWN from an electric service weather head. Then water will drip away from the pipe. If they are going up or sideways, water can follow the wires into the pipe.

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You've had a leak there before and never fixed it. No there's more then likly damage behind the wall, wet insulation, and mold growing back there if not wood rot also. Time to get it fixed.
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