We'd like to remind Forumites to please avoid political debate on the Forum. This is to keep it a safe and useful space for MoneySaving discussions. Threads that are - or become - political in nature may be removed in line with the Forum’s rules. Thank you for your understanding.

How to check tripped fuse is safe to turn back on

Options
Please can someone advise me… I was cleaning with mould remover and some liquid from the spray has trickled into an electrical socket and seems to have caused one fuse to trip. What’s the best way to proceed? Thanks for any advice! 
«1

Comments

  • Grenage
    Grenage Posts: 2,953 Forumite
    First Anniversary Name Dropper First Post
    edited 25 June at 7:11AM
    Options
    Ideally the faceplate would be removed and the connections inspected.

    It will probably already be ok, but it's impossible to say for sure.
  • ThisIsWeird
    ThisIsWeird Posts: 5,491 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    edited 25 June at 4:37PM
    Options
    Hi AA2.
    This 'fuse' is, I presume, an RCBO - a super-safe type of circuit breaker that also detects small electrical leakage? If it is, instead, a normal MCB which only trips on overload, then there's a serious bit of 'shorting' going on, so more worrying. If you'd like to post a pic of this 'fuse', we can advise further.
    Anyhoo, what to do in general? It depends on how DIYish you are. Are you up to replacing a socket, for example? They are cheap, and that would be an instant cure! 
    Tbh, most will dry out in a day or so with no further issues, but I guess there's a slight risk of the cleaner chemicals causing longer-term surface tarnishing or corrosion in there? Possibly, but not actually likely.
    So, fixes would, I think, range from (a) leave it for a couple of days and try the 'fuse' again, or (b) replace the socket.

    Edited.
  • AndrewAfresh2
    AndrewAfresh2 Posts: 37 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    thank you so much for your answers. pic of the box attached 
  • ChilliBob
    ChilliBob Posts: 2,143 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    This happened to me when I spilt a bottle of wine over and it went into a socket. With that socket isolated (which it will be if you didn't turn it back on under the stairs) I undid the faceplate and had a look, used some kitchen roll to mop up wat I could see then left it hanging off, and isolated over night. Was fine the next morning once attached and turned on again :) 
  • prowla
    prowla Posts: 13,376 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Anniversary First Post
    Options
    You could just flip the switch and see if it trips again.
  • Section62
    Section62 Posts: 8,038 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    FreeBear said:
    ThisIsWeird said: (b) spray WD40 in through each pin hole (you'd need to prise them open first) and then leave for a day, or (c) replace the socket.
    DO.NOT. Spray WD40 on mains sockets/switches. The stuff is flammable and will leave deposits that could catch fire.
    Either leave the socket to dry, or get an electrician to replace it, but do NOT spray WD40 on it.
    ...and never 'prise' socket shutters open, even if you do think the supply is off/isolated.

  • ThisIsWeird
    ThisIsWeird Posts: 5,491 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    FreeBear said:
    DO.NOT. Spray WD40 on mains sockets/switches. The stuff is flammable and will leave deposits that could catch fire.
    Section62 said:
    ...and never 'prise' socket shutters open, even if you do think the supply is off/isolated.
    Apart from that, it works a treat. :smile:

  • BarelySentientAI
    BarelySentientAI Posts: 1,384 Forumite
    First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    thank you so much for your answers. pic of the box attached 
    Which one of those was it?
  • AndrewAfresh2
    AndrewAfresh2 Posts: 37 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    thank you so much for your answers. pic of the box attached 
    Which one of those was it?
    The ring current (bedroom/lounge sockets)
Meet your Ambassadors

Categories

  • All Categories
  • 344.7K Banking & Borrowing
  • 250.6K Reduce Debt & Boost Income
  • 450.4K Spending & Discounts
  • 236.8K Work, Benefits & Business
  • 610.6K Mortgages, Homes & Bills
  • 173.8K Life & Family
  • 249.6K Travel & Transport
  • 1.5M Hobbies & Leisure
  • 15.9K Discuss & Feedback
  • 15.1K Coronavirus Support Boards