There are a lot of factors that we can control in our homes and around the office. The temperature, for instance, provided that we have good HVAC systems installed. There are also those events that are out of our control, though. These include flooding. Sure, professional plumbing services and even basement waterproofing will help to prevent and protect against flooding. However, even this is no guarantee.
Now, you are going to have a lot to deal with if your home or office should flood. From old family photos that you may have stored to important documents that have not been digitized, you’ll likely wind up scurrying around trying to mitigate damages on and to your property. But what about your HVAC system?
Today, we are going to look at what you should do regarding your HVAC system in the event of a flood. We know that you’ll have a lot on your plate, but trust us—you want to be prepared. Fortunately, that all really comes down to getting in touch with us, your trusted HVAC company in Des Moines!
1. Inspect for Damage
No, not yourself. Dial our number if your home or office was flooded, and we’ll have a professional HVAC technician out to inspect your heating and air conditioning equipment for damages. Trust us, there is more to these systems than meets the eye. The fact that your untrained eye doesn’t see anything wrong does not mean that there is nothing wrong.
We also have to stress this, though you may not want to hear it. If your heating and cooling equipment was damaged by flood water, then replacement is really your best option. Repairing systems in this type of scenario is going to be costly, and the type of damage done by flooding is not the type of damage that a system is really going to bounce back from completely.
2. Evaluate Gas Valves
Gas furnaces are efficient, effective, and reliable. It really is not much of a surprise to learn that such systems are among the most popular of all home heating systems in the country. You should also keep in mind, however, that natural gas can be dangerous if it is not properly used and delivered safely to your home and your HVAC systems.
These systems have valves that can be extensively damaged in a flood, and damaged valves are dangerous valves. They can corrode from within, meaning that the issue is not visible even to trained eyes. Before using these systems again, you need to have them professionally evaluated.
3. Check Refrigerant Systems
Heat pumps and air conditioning systems use refrigerant in order to transfer heat out of (and, with heat pumps, into) homes. If the system moves at all during the flooding situation, even if only slightly and without obvious issues resulting, there is the potential for a breach in the refrigerant system. Don’t start the system up until after a pro has evaluated it.
Even if the refrigerant system is undamaged, of course, you should have your AC/heat pump system thoroughly cleaned, dried, and disinfected. This is not a DIY-appropriate service.
4. Replace Ductwork
This one stings a little. We understand that. You don’t want to have to replace an entire system of ductwork due to flooding. However, it really is in your best interest.
There may be situations in which duct repair will suffice, but direct damages resulting in leaks are not the major concern. Instead, contamination is the big worry. Decontaminating a whole system of ducts is a very difficult job, so preparing yourself for a replacement is a good idea.