It is sad to see how floods have become common in many parts of the world right now. After a flood happens, homeowners usually focus first on ripping up their carpets, tearing out drywall, and removing their furniture. However, HVAC technicians are also in demand during a flood’s aftermath as they have to replace, repair, and inspect climate control systems.
The First Steps
If your house got flooded, the very first thing you have to do before you reenter is to have a qualified emergency responder, utility worker, or licensed electrician to declare your house to be safe. The primary concern here is the risk of electrocution due to standing water.
In the event that the water reached outlets, electrical wiring, or other electrical components, the electrician can disconnect the main electric meter or electrical panel. If it is not necessary but you think that your air conditioner or furnace has been compromised, you can shut off the power to your HVAC system at your breaker box then have it turned off until a technician arrives to service and inspect your system.
For those who need to start with cleaning immediately, make sure you mark the high water line on the air conditioner and furnace. It can help your technician in doing a quick assessment of the components that got submerged.
Lastly, if there is a heating equipment in your house powered by propane, let your local utility know about it and schedule service at the soonest time possible. Damaged propane tool can be very dangerous and should be handled by experts.
Get Rid of the Trash
The main reason why it is very important to eliminate waterlogged carpet and drywall as fast as possible is to get rid of mold growth. Anything that’s absorbent should go that includes wet insulation. This also includes disposable filters in the HVAC system. So, take care of such tasks at the soonest time possible. If you could get an HVAC professional to survey the damages at your home, you might get an answer about whether your air conditioner or furnace can be salvaged. In the areas with flooding, the damage that causes corrosion could lead to dangerous leaks of carbon monoxide or refrigerator and premature breakdowns.
Time for Cleanup
During the process of rebuilding and recovery, you will likely have all kinds of contractors going and coming such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and much more. It is also crucial to coordinate the HVAC services with some of your repair need to have enough room to work and make the tasks as simple as possible. If it was determined that your current units are salvageable, they will have to be cleaned extensively as mold and some harmful microorganisms can fester in every corner of your proper. It would be wise to use special mold remediation methods for safer and proper way to clean it.
Once you have done it properly, you can still contact an HVAC technician to conduct a system check and final tune-up to ensure functionality and safety. It is also essential to stress that it is not DIY work, improper installation and repairs can’t only lead to diminished system lifespan and energy efficiency, but also they could cause serious hazards.
Contributed by United Trades