A flooded basement can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Whether it’s due to excessive rain, melting snow, a burst pipe or backed up sewer line, basement flooding can result in serious property damage and costly repairs. Your HVAC equipment is particularly at risk when your basement is flooded, and it’s important to take specific steps to ensure it continues to function and that your family is safe.
Your First Steps
HVAC equipment is not designed to be submerged, so when you first notice that your basement has been flooded, shut off the power. This will prevent fire and electric shock that could happen if the system still had power, and will let you get into your basement safely to assess the situation.
It’s also important to dry out your HVAC equipment after a flood before you handle anything and look at the individual parts. Depending on the severity of the flooding, this may not be possible for some time. The best course of action is to have a licensed HVAC specialist come in and inspect your system before you even think about restarting your equipment after a flood. There are so many different variables to consider when water has been introduced into the equation and only a professional has the troubleshooting skills and experience to ensure the outcome is a positive one for you.
Repair vs. Replacement
At some point, you will likely have to consider the possibility of replacing your HVAC system that’s been damaged by a flooded basement. In some cases, replacing the entire system is more cost-effective than trying to repair the damage, especially if your system is older or in lackluster condition.
There are valves and similar controls that may look fine on the outside after flooding, but rusting on the interior may be an issue that will come back to haunt you down the road. Most manufacturers don’t authorize rebuilding furnaces after flood damage as there is too much liability associated with it, so in that case, a replacement would also be warranted.
If your equipment is inspected and you get the go-ahead to turn it back on, make sure to change your filters first because the excess moisture can cause mold and bacteria to form.
Preventative Maintenance Can Help
No one wants to think about the prospect of a flooded basement, but you won’t have a choice after it happens, which is why preventative maintenance is always a good idea. This is especially true if you live in areas that are prone to flooding, or if your basement has been flooded before. When a professional comes in and installs flood protecting safety switches or flood detectors as a safeguard, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your HVAC system is protected.
A flooded basement should not be a worry. The professionals at Link ClimateCare know exactly what to do to protect you and your family from HVAC damage.