Flood Recovery & Your Home

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Have you recently suffered through a major storm that has damaged your heating, cooling, or plumbing systems? We’ve written this short guide to help you safely restore these systems to full operation.


As North America recovers from Hurricane Sandy, the first priority will be ensuring the safety of people in the affected areas. Next, emergency workers will need to restore critical infrastructure such as power and telecommunications. Individually, affected people will need to assess the damage to their homes or offices.

You may find that your heating, cooling, or plumbing systems have been affected by the storm. We’ve written this short guide to help you safely restore these systems to full operation.

How to Identify Potential Problems

Before approaching, ensure that all utilities are shut down in the vicinity of the equipment. Also, be aware of any downed power lines in your area. As you approach the equipment, carefully inspect for any visual signs of danger. If you suspect water, wind, or other damage to any mechanical equipment, do not restart it until it has been inspected by a professional. Signs of water damage include puddles on the floor; wet spots on or near the equipment; dirt, silt, or other foreign substances near the equipment; and mold. Wind or other elements can also cause physical damage to the equipment.

If none of these symptoms are present, but the equipment fails to work properly, do not attempt to troubleshoot the problem yourself.

Steps To Take If You Suspect Damage

If you already have a contractor, have them come out, inspect, and start up the equipment if it’s safe to do so. If you do not have a contractor, the following resources may help you find a qualified professional:

Note: We do not endorse any specific organization or contractor and cannot be responsible for the quality of results.

If Damage Is Discovered

If your unit has suffered water damage, it will likely require substantial replacement of parts to restore it to safe operating condition. Be aware that storm damage to equipment is not covered by manufacturer warranties. We suggest you contact your insurance provider to inquire about compensation for damage.

Even after parts are replaced, there is a real risk that the reliability and efficiency of the unit have been permanently compromised. For this reason, most manufacturers and expert organizations such as the AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) recommend complete replacement of water-damaged equipment.

Further Questions

Should you have any further questions or require additional information, please call at 866-554-HEAT (4328) or email You’ll also want to check out the resources below to learn more about hurricane and flood recovery.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hurricane and Flood Recovery Flood Response and Recovery  
AHRI: Floods and HVACR Equipment Flood Damage & Large Electrical Appliances Information about Insurance

This article was published on October 30, 2012

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