Electrical box water leak

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Old 04-09-20, 02:35 PM
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Electrical box water leak

I was downstairs in my basement and noticed water on the floor under the electrical box, its also been raining all day. So its safe to say that the water is coming from outside. I haven't opened up the breaker box just yet because it is still raining. I'm just wondering if anyone has had this issue? I'm a new homeowner and I rarely ever check to see whenever it rains if there was an issue before.
 
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04-11-20, 12:17 PM
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That last picture says it all. You need electricians putty on that gland fitting.
Form into a tree shape to get the water to roll off the fitting.

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Old 04-09-20, 02:55 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

That is an extremely common problem. Usually it's caused by the putty/caulking getting old and cracking where the service cable enters the meter pan.
 
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Check the rubber boot around the mast where it goes through the roof.
If it's failed you can buy a 2 piece flange to fix it.
 
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If your line does not come into the house on a mast but through the wall to the box inside it is possible that when it was installed no drip loop was created so if water ran down the meter pan and down the line into the house the flow of water (gravity) would follow the line right down into the panel. The line going thru the side of the house into the house should go upwards a bit and then down into the panel to prevent this problem.
 
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That is an extremely common problem. Usually it's caused by the putty/caulking getting old and cracking where the service cable enters the meter pan.
I have seen this a number of times. Another cause can be the sheathing on the service cable might be worn, cracked open or even missing in places allowing water to enter the cable assembly and follow the cable into the panel in the basement.

Can you provide some pictures of the outside, closeups of the cable and top of the socket.
 
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Thanks guys for the input! I've attached photos from the outside for further reference. I've called National Grid my electric service company. With everything going on they said they would call me back and send someone out to check.
 
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I'm not sure if these pictures are helpful but it's gonna be raining again in a couple days. Hopefully I get somewhat a suggestion on what to do for the time being if I need to seal anything back up.
 
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That last picture says it all. You need electricians putty on that gland fitting.
Form into a tree shape to get the water to roll off the fitting.

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Thanks man! I appreciate the help!
 
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Old 04-12-20, 09:11 AM
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Duct seal is what you are looking for like this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

The same stuff at Lowes is about $1 higher.
 
 

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