Spills on bench-tops are inevitable. At Modern Power Solutions, we get asked this question a lot: what happens if I have a pop up power point installed and someone spills water on the bench? The short answer is: most of our models are designed for kitchens and designed to withstand spills safely. In this article, we will go into a bit more detail on this topic.
If water is spilled on your bench-top in the vicinity of your pop up power point, and the power point is wet, the first thing we recommend is to switch off or disconnect the power going to the unit from either under the bench or your household electrical control panel.
Once the power is disconnected, you can then proceed to drying any water on the unit as well as above and below the bench-top. Once the water is dry, we recommend waiting a further 24 hours before reconnecting power to the unit. From here, you can continue using the pop up power point as normal.
Depending on your local building and electrical regulations, it is generally recommended that a pop up power point is installed at least 0.8m away from a water source or sink. The 0.8m rule applies in most jurisdictions. This will help protect large amounts of water from coming into contact with your product, which could otherwise cause long-term damage.
Some models, such as the V3 range, have a rubber seal that protects against water ingress when in the closed position. If water is spilled above the bench-top and the unit is closed, then simply drying the area around will allow you to use it again immediately.
Our models are designed for kitchens and to withstand normal kitchen operations. However, we do recommend that you exercise caution and limit the amount of spills that occur around the product where possible. A safety circuit breaker such as an RCD can also add further protection.