Yes we have logged a call to the supplier, but this is so weird I thought someone on UKC might know the answer.
There is a drip of water accumulating and falling from the unused terminal on the underside of the 100A fuse that sits between the outside world and our electricity meter. All this stuff is indoors, above head height, and there are no leaks falling from the ceiling or coming from the wall, the only way water can seemingly get into that fuse is via the main supply.
There has been some work on the lines in our road in the last week, and it has been raining a lot. We have had no interruptions to teh supply, but things were a bit flickery last night.
The insulation doesn't start properly until it enters your house on that kind of setup, right? If so, is the water getting inside the insulation where the cable enters your house and pouring out the other end?
In reply to Neil Williams:
The cable looks the same all the way from the pole, to the outside of our house, to the inside of our house...and there is a significant amount of horizontal to travel (thick stone walls), then up a bit before it heads down into the fuse. Capillary action? Siphon?
In reply to goosebump: The water is running down the inside of the wire/cable feeding your house. If there are no joints in the cable between the pole top and the fuse, there is nowhere for the water to escape from.
The termination at the pole top must not be water tight and the water is getting in there and following the path of less resistance (No pun intended) so exiting at the fuse.
Exactly the issue, and exactly what the blokes said. Lots of housepoints to you
It got dark before they could fix the junction at the pole top, so theyve just created an alternative path of least resistance for the water by chopping the sheath off outside the house so it no longer drips through the fuse. Full fix tomorrow. Im still amazed there was no shorting out of anything though.
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> Exactly the issue, and exactly what the blokes said. Lots of housepoints to you
> It got dark before they could fix the junction at the pole top, so theyve just created an alternative path of least resistance for the water by chopping the sheath off outside the house so it no longer drips through the fuse. Full fix tomorrow. Im still amazed there was no shorting out of anything though.
Where do you live?? We wouldn't be allowed to leave it and come back tomorrow. We would have to fix the problem there and then. Not really a difficult job TBH. Something they could have done there and then.
I can be. It's more often in rural areas, high voltage lines feed out over fields (wooden poles, not the massive pylons) and then there's a transformer up a pole with a line that feeds one or more houses.
In reply to goosebump:
We once had tar oozing from the electricity main where the big armoured underground cable splits into smaller cables. Nobody could give us an answer to why this was happening or to how is could be stopped.