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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Flooding in a Furnace

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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In A Furnace, There's Flooding

Any commercial flood in Plant City, FL, can be a severe disruption. However, even a minor flood is exacerbated by water leaking into a furnace room. Consider a few tips in order to maintain heating in the winter months and prevent a furnace flood from damaging your business infrastructure.

1. Relocation and Repair

The most important initial step is to stop the leak. For example, if the flooded furnace is the result of a broken pipe, the water should be shut off at the main and the pipe should be replaced. If the water has flooded the furnace room to the level of the electrical outlets, or if any other electrical systems have been dampened, then power should be disconnected at the breaker. At this stage, it may also be necessary to inspect the integrity of the sump pump or other water removal system if the furnace flood occurred on a lower floor.

2. Inspection and Analysis

Practically speaking, repair of a flooded furnace can be difficult. Many professional restoration services will make the call to upgrade and replace damaged units rather than attempting risky and costly repairs. After shutting off the gas lines and ensuring that no ongoing flooding is occurring, it may be helpful to take inventory of all visibly-damaged components. However, not all damage is can be assessed adequately by the average person. For example, some gas valves and other HVAC components are prone to failure after inundation, even with no apparent cracking.

3. Further Action

Your insurance adjuster or repair professional may advise additional procedures, such as air duct cleaning or replacement of surrounding flooring and insulation. Sensitive electrical components such as controls and circuit boards may need complete replacement. Air filters will likely need changing immediately.

Don’t wait to formulate a recovery plan. Keep your business running smoothly by collecting the necessary contact information and advising employees on how to respond in the event of a furnace flood.

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