As you probably know, the weather in Central Indiana can be extremely unpredictable. While we are not at danger of hurricanes, flooding is a definite threat to homes in our area. As recently as July 2017, severe flooding affected many Hoosiers. One storm broke Indianapolis’ daily rainfall record for July 11, which was previously recorded at 2.49 inches in 2006, according to Fox59 meteorologist Danielle Dozier (Source: Indianapolis Star). Many parking lots, businesses, and homes were flooded, causing personal injuries as well as damage to homes.
If a flood does occur in your area, your main concern is to keep you and your family safe. Once a flood threat is over, it’s common to want to hurry and assess the damage. But when it comes to home appliances, there are many ways to be sure you are checking on damage safely, and without putting yourself or your home at risk. These tips from Consumer Reports will help!
- Wait for a Pro to Inspect. If your appliances are waterlogged, be sure to wait until the water recedes, then disconnect the appliances from power sources. Never do this while standing in water. Leave appliances disconnected until you have a professional out to inspect them.
- Don’t Turn On the HVAC. Turning on your heating or cooling equipment can spread mold throughout the duct work and your home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guide to re-entering a flooded home.
- Beware of Mold Inside Your Refrigerator and Freezer. Even if your refrigerator is still running after a flood, insulation that got wet could be susceptible to mold. It is recommended to Throw out your ice, flush the dispenser for 3 to 5 minutes, run the icemaker for an hour, and wash and sanitize the bins.
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