The recent storm in the northeast has brought to light a myriad of things that the average homeowner doesn’t consider about disaster planning. Most of us have some basic idea of what are needs are based on the areas we live in. Here in East Tennessee, spring and summer severe storms and winter ice storms seem to be the types of threats we face. These threats have the potential of causing water damage to our homes and so the article below from HouseLogic, while geared to the current problems in the northeast are good tips for us to keep on file.
Tips for salvaging appliances after a natural disaster.
When a natural disaster causes water damage to your appliances, they’ll require a service check and some other work before you can put them back into use. Be especially careful when sea water is involved, since it can corrode the wiring inside an appliance, creating the risk of electrocution, says Steve Freeman, manager of GE Appliances Technical Assistance Group.
“We have received calls from consumers affected by the recent storms asking what they should do with their flooded appliances and if they can be recovered,” Freeman says. “We’re telling them as a first step to disconnect any flooded or submerged product from its power source and not to touch it or reconnect it until it has been inspected and repaired by a qualified service technician.”
Here are GE’s recommended steps to putting an appliance back into service after water damage:
- Disconnect water-damaged products from the electrical power source after the water recedes. Never attempt this in standing water.
- Consult your nearest authorized service facility to arrange for an appliance inspection. Schedule the inspection four to five days after the products are dry.
- Replace electrical and gas components exposed to salt or brackish water. There are no economically feasible methods to recondition them.
- Change your refrigerator water filter if you have been without water or under a boil alert. In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends throwing out your ice, flushing the dispenser for three to five minutes, running the icemaker for an hour, and washing and sanitizing bins.
- Check with local health authorities or the CDC for decontamination recommendations. Products that are exposed to polluted floodwaters may have been contaminated and require special cleaning instructions.
Source: GE Appliances