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How to Take Care of a Flooded Furnace

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Ways To Take Care Of a Furnace Flood

A broken pipe in your business facility could lead to flooding and damaged appliances. If water reaches the basement, the furnace might be flooded and require repairs. Here are some ways to take care of a furnace flood in your Star Prairie, WI, business.

1. Shut Off Water and Power
The first action you should take is to turn off the water to prevent more flooding. Then, cut off the power to your building before entering a flooded area. If you don't know how to do so or feel it's unsafe, call a licensed electrician for assistance.
You will also want to contact a water mitigation agency to help remove water and dry out the facility. Mitigation technicians can identify hazards and assess the building and its contents for water damage. Once the water is removed, salvageable structures and appliances can be cleaned and repaired.

2. Get the Flooded Furnace Inspected
A furnace is more vulnerable to water because it rests, often completely unprotected, on the building foundations. After a flood, it's essential to have your furnace checked for damage by a licensed professional. Unresolved damage from a flood may pose the following hazards:

  • Carbon monoxide emissions
  • Fire
  • Mold contamination

Don't try to use your furnace before having it inspected. It may seem all right on the surface, but there could be interior damage undetectable to an untrained eye.

3. Begin Furnace Flood Repairs
Minor damage to the furnace will require repairs such as air duct cleaning or component replacements. Some water mitigation companies offer a furnace maintenance package that includes vent cleaning and air filter replacement. If the damage is too severe, the entire furnace may have to be replaced.
A furnace flood in your business facility is not just an inconvenience but a potential hazard. Get your furnace inspected and maintained right away following water exposure.

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