Water levels of the Great Lakes have been gradually increasing over the past few years, but thanks to recent rainfall, flooding has become a very real concern for those in parts of New York, Michigan, and Ohio.
As of May 2019, Flood warnings have been issued in counties throughout southeastern Michigan and certain Great Lakes areas have already begun to experience flooding.
Having water enter your home is problematic for many reasons. Damage to furniture and personal items is just the tip of the iceberg. Even after extensive cleaning, some things may not be able to be salvaged. Furthermore, you may not have realized how much harm flooding can cause to water heaters and HVAC systems.
When flood waters encounter your HVAC equipment, there can be some serious problems. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute advises, Flood-damaged heating and cooling equipment and systems should be replaced and not repaired….” Ductwork should also be replaced due to possible contamination from flood waters. Any gas powered equipment should be inspected by a HVAC contractor, and if a pilot light has gone out–do not try to re-light it yourself–get the help of a professional.
There is no 100% protection from floods, especially if the danger is from rising lake levels. However, there are ways that you can work to make your home ready:
-Sewer drain cleaning
-Installing a back up sump pump
-Investing in a generator to help keep the sump pump working even during a power outage
If, unfortunately, you do end up with water in your home, please do not hesitate to contact us at Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical. We can help you with inspections of HVAC equipment, sewer drain cleanings, and generator installations.
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