Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 28, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on the best way to handle water damaged appliances in the wake of flooding or other types of water damage. With record flooding in 2012 and an active severe weather season predicted in 2013, it becomes important to properly dispense with such problems in a safe and secure manner.
When it comes to appliances, heating, and other electrical systems in the home or business, none should be turned on or operated following damage by water. Instead they should be examined by a qualified and experienced electrical or HVAC technician. They will be able to make the determination whether or not the unit is safe for continued operation.
Failure to obtain an inspection and approval may result in explosions, flash fires, and electrical shock, all of which may cause serious injury or even death. All work that is performed on these units should be done by an experienced contractor. Do it yourself repair work is not advised under any circumstances following flood damage.
In most cases, it is easier and less expensive to simply discard the flood damaged appliances and replacing them with new units, since that lowers the potential for dangerous results to almost nothing. Units that are powered by gas, oil, or electricity are at heightened risk for damage or injury.
In some cases, electrical controls may appear to be operative even after the damage has occurred, but engaging the unit is still inadvisable. It may work for a period of days or even weeks, but it still may fail, and any component that has been underwater poses a serious hazard. While valves or controls may be repaired, the damage in other areas may go unnoticed. Acquiring a new unit is the single most effective way to make sure that you are getting a product that poses no safety threats.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.