When boating season hits, there’s no stopping a boat enthusiast. Some people will even “make-do” and rig up their own electricity… they might even patch together extension cords. This is so dangerous. Don’t get lost in your excitement for the boating season. Installing and using electricity around water requires a licensed electrician. Otherwise, it’s a dangerous proposition.
Safety First – Inspect all Electrical Connections
The same way you would have your home’s HVAC system checked twice a year, you should have your existing electrical connections for your pier and boat lift inspected at the beginning and end of the season. If any trouble spots are identified during the inspection, have them repaired by a licensed electrician, for safety’s sake and your own peace of mind.
What to Check During Inspection
Boxes and Breakers
Check to make sure that all your fittings, boxes, and covers are looking good and working effectively. If these are broken, wires will be left exposed to the weather, which is likely to cause an electrical problem.
Once a month, you should check your GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) breaker. Use the test button AND a GFCI tester that plugs in. If you tell me that you don’t have GFCI breakers own by your pier, call an electrician TODAY and get these installed.
Inspect Your Conduit
Take a good look at your conduit that runs from the house down to the shoreline. It should be solid and intact, with joints nice and tight. When you get down to the pier, look again at the conduit overhead (or under the deck).
You are looking for conduit damage, noticeable wear and tear, or separation in the joints. If you notice any problems in the conduit, have them repaired by a reputable, licensed electrician.
Do an Inspection At the Shoreline
Check to make user that all your grounding jumpers… running from the pier to the shoreline, are connected properly, and that the connections are secure. Run a test to ensure that when your shoreline breakers are turned off, the power to your pier is turned off too.
If you find that the breakers are turned off, but you still have power at the pier, this indicates a problem that must be addressed immediately. Lastly, do a visual inspection of all the cords that lead to boat lifts or pumps. Check to make sure that they look good and don’t show signs of wear and tear.
Installing New Electrical Power to Your Pier or Boat Lift
We’ve talked about inspecting your existing electrical systems and how to spot trouble areas outside of your twice a year inspection. But, what if you don’t have electricity there now, but want to install it? This is not a DIY project. Be respectful of the relationship between water and electricity. Call a licensed electrician to do this job for you, so that nobody gets seriously hurt.
Call Deshaies Electrical Services for Help With Installing Electricity to Your Pier and Boat Lift
At Deshaies Electric, we can help with all aspects of electrical installation and maintenance. We’d love to enhance your outside fun by helping you to install beautiful, practical lighting and electrical function to your pier or your boat lift.
We are licensed, experienced, and ready to help! Contact us today and make an appointment!