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Should You Perform an HVAC Inspection After a Flood?

Should You Perform an HVAC Inspection After a Flood?

If you have recently experienced flooding issues in your home from a thunderstorm, blizzard, or plumbing issue, we recommend calling a professional technician to perform an HVAC inspection to ensure your equipment is operating properly. The high water levels and moisture produced by storms is able to damage the internal components of your furnace or air conditioner.

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During flooding, your air conditioner and furnace may become submerged in contaminated waters, which means they could take in microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. We will need to perform an HVAC inspection and clean every component of your system to prevent your family from breathing in these contaminants when the system is back on.

If your system is still intact, we will need to:

  • Remove flood-contaminated insulation and HVAC filter media and discard the contaminated materials safely.
  • Disinfect the components of your HVAC equipment and mechanically clean them with a steam or a high-pressure washer.
  • Replace any components that we find are no longer safe or usable.
  • Replace insulation.
  • Reassemble your system and ensure that it runs safely.

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How to Protect Your HVAC System in Future Storms

If you live in an area that endures a lot of flooding, consider taking the following steps to avoid costly a HVAC inspection or repair:

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home. Snell technicians can help you with this.
  • Consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • If feasible, seal basement walls with waterproofing compounds and construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building.

Call Snell if You Have any Questions About Heating and Cooling Equipment After Flooding

Your safety is our top priority. Please let us know if you need any help with your system after the storm. Our team of technicians offers HVAC services such as furnace repair, air conditioning installation, and furnace replacement to homes in Virginia in areas such as Centreville, Reston, Arlington, and Alexandria.