The days and weeks after a natural disaster like a hurricane or flooding are challenging times, both emotionally and physically. But a comprehensive plan can help ensure that your home or business is back, as close to normal as possible, as quickly as possible.
Though robust pieces of equipment, your heating, cooling and water heating systems can be damaged by significant weather events. And the damage isn’t always easy to see. Ultimately, your safety is the most important thing to us. So be sure to follow the guidelines below to ensure the health and safety of everyone affected by your comfort systems.
FURNACES & AIR HANDLERS
If there’s any reason to believe your furnace was submerged, as often happens when basements or mechanical rooms flood, it’s important to have your system checked before attempting to run it for the first time. In gas furnaces, critical valves can become clogged or corroded by flood waters, and electrical components can be damaged, creating the potential for fire. And in electric furnaces, corrosion can cause reliability issues or even a safety hazard. Only a qualified professional HVAC contractor can determine whether your system is ready to run—or if it needs repair or replacement.Find A Contractor
AIR CONDITIONERS & HEAT PUMPS
Because they’re exposed to the elements in normal operation, outdoor HVAC equipment is usually protected against water damage. If the unit was moved by floodwaters, supply lines can be damaged and refrigerant can leak out. Only a qualified professional can make an accurate determination as to whether or not your system is good to go.Find A Contractor
Duct insulation that has been touched by floodwaters often has been contaminated and cannot be disinfected. Even if replacement isn’t necessary, mildew or mud in ducts will need thorough cleaning to avoid blowing unhealthy and/or dusty air throughout living spaces.Find A Contractor
If it has come in contact with flood waters, a water heater should be replaced. Water heater insulation can trap moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew, as well as corrosion that can permanently damage the inner tank. In gas water heaters, burners and valves can be irreparably damaged by debris. Even if the water heater operates initially, reliability, service life and safety can be compromised.Find A Plumber