Knowing What to Do When You Return Home After the Storm Is Equally Important as Knowing What to Do Before You Leave!
After a hurricane occurs and if you evacuated, it is important to know what to do when you arrive back home or to your business. The first step is to make sure it is safe to return back by listening to the local authorities. They will let you know when it is safe to return. Once your return there are several steps you will want to complete to ensure your plumbing and HVAC systems are safe to use.
Your HVAC system is the heart of your house/business and it helps keep your family and customers comfortable while there. If you evacuated there are several steps you will want to take prior to turning your unit back on and inspection steps to take if you left your unit running.
Inspecting your HVAC System:
- First, inspect and remove any debris in or around the outdoor unit (condenser)
- Check to see if the outdoor condenser shifted or was moved during the storm. If the unit was moved, you should have a Professional HVAC Technician come out and inspect the unit for damage, possible leaks, etc.
- Ensure there is no standing water around the outdoor condenser
- Inspect your crawl space to see if there was/is standing water in the crawlspace. Ensure your ductwork is not full of water or bloated due to water damage.
- After you’ve cleared your unit from any debris, ensured it was not moved by the storm, and see no water damage to your condenser or ductwork, you can turn the breaker on and start the system. Listen to the unit and ensure it is running properly.
If you determine there was standing water around your outdoor condenser, the unit was moved by the storm, there was water damage to your ductwork or your unit is making unusual sounds, you should have a thorough inspection completed by an experienced HVAC Technician. Contact us today and we will be happy to complete an entire inspection of your HVAC system and give you peace of mind that you did not receive any storm damage.
Having running water is an important part of any house or business. To ensure your home/business does not receive any unnecessary water damage from plumbing issues when returning home from a storm, follow these simple steps to turn the water back on safely.
Inspecting your Plumbing System:
- Slowly turn your water main back on to your house/business. The water main should be located in your garage or near the road
- Visually walk around your house looking for possible leaks from any fixtures you may have (toilets, faucets, showers, etc.)
- Make sure the leak indicator stop is not moving on the water meter. (If it is moving after 15 mins., without anything being turned on, this may be an indicator you have a leak in the home.)
- Purge out all air from all fixtures and faucets. Make sure to run each individual fixture both on the hot and cold sides to make sure there is no air in the system.
- At this point, the water heater and any re-circulation pumps can be actively turned on
- Monitor the heater until it is full and hot. Check all fixtures to ensure they are receiving hot water. This will also help purge any air from the water heater.
- Listen to local authorities about potential boil water notices in your area. If you are under a boil water notice, follow their instructions closely. Water can become cross-contaminated due to river flooding, issues with retention ponds, etc. Cross-contamination can be very dangerous and cause potential health risks.
Your Safety and Your Comfort at Home is Our Concern
If you have any concerns or doubts about your HVAC or Plumbing systems after the storm, contact us today. We will have one of our highly trained Technicians come and perform a thorough test to ensure your house is ready for you to return to a normal life. At Dependable Service Plumbing & Air, the safety of your home is our concern. Contact us today at 843-627-2337.