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How to Take Care of a Flooded Furnace

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Furnace flood Don't let a furnace flood put your Seattle, WA business at risk.

What to Do If Your Furnace Is Flooded

Broken pipes in your business building may result in flooding and widespread water damage to structures and appliances. If the water reaches the basement, the furnace could also be affected. Follow these guidelines to safely take care of a furnace flood in your Seattle, WA, commercial building.

1. Safely Contain Flooding
Call an emergency plumbing service to identify and treat the source of the flooding. While you wait for help to come, prevent further flooding by shutting off the building's water. Before entering any flooded areas, shut down power to the building to avoid electrical shock hazards. Contact an electrician if you don't know how to do so safely.

If you suspect water damage, call water remediation experts to come in and inspect your facility. They are experienced in removing water and assessing damage to structures and appliances. Once everything is dried out, they can begin cleaning and making repairs to salvageable items.

2. Arrange an Inspection for the Flooded Furnace

Hire a licensed professional to examine your furnace before using it after the flood. It may appear to be in good working order, but interior damage is not always visible from an untrained perspective.
The use of a furnace with unresolved damage may produce hazards, including:

  • Mold
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Fires

Help prevent hazards from developing after a furnace flood in your commercial facility. Schedule an inspection for your furnace without delay.

3. Begin Furnace Maintenance

An inspection of your furnace will determine the level of repair needed. Minor maintenance can include vent cleaning and changing the air filters. Some water remediation companies provide furnace cleaning and maintenance services, including air filter replacement and air duct cleaning. Significant damage could require the replacement of the entire furnace.

Don't let a furnace flood compromise your place of business. Follow these guidelines to take care of a damaged furnace before it becomes a severe hazard.

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