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Flood Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Houston & League City
Flood waters entering a home is obviously a very stressful situation, and the clean-up and reconstruction process is no different. There are so many things to consider during these times, flooring, sheetrock, insulation, roofing, foundation, the list almost seems endless. In most cases, the obvious items get attention first, water removal, demolition of flooring and sheetrock, and removal of anything that has been water soaked. The next step is to dry the home out. This process is greatly helped by turning on the Air Conditioning system. A properly sized air conditioner is capable of exchanging all the air in a home up to 4 times per hour, and removing upwards of 25 gallons of water out of the air per day. This process coupled with a dehumidifier or two can really dry out your water soaked home very quickly. Setting the fan setting on the thermostat to “On” instead of “Auto” will keep the flow of air constant, and aid in the process. The Air Conditioner does need time to recover, and we don’t want the evaporator coil to freeze over, so be careful not to set the temperature on the thermostat any lower than 70 degrees.
Keeping the Air Conditioner running throughout the demolition and reconstruction process will continue to dry out the entire home, but there are some very important things to remember.
- First, please have your air conditioner checked out by an HVAC Professional before turning it on. If the flood waters reached any of the electrical components of the system, it may still be water logged, and turning the system on could cause major damage to the unit.
- Second, change your air filter weekly during the demolition and reconstruction process. The air flow of the system will pull and dust, sheet rock, mold, mildew, and any other substance through the system. Having a good, clean air filter in place to capture these contaminants will help protect the system.
- Third, when the reconstruction is completed, have the entire system cleaned out thoroughly. The blower system and evaporator coil will need to be removed and cleaned, the duct work system will need to be cleaned, and even the outdoor condenser coil should be cleaned as well. Ensure that an anti–microbial is used during the cleaning process to avoid mold and mildew growth inside the unit.
If the flood waters reached some of the major components of your Air Conditioning system, the Air Conditioning–Heating–and refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is recommending replacement of the system. While the system may turn on and cool the home, there are many long–term implications that may seriously affect the lifespan and performance of the system. Speak with your HVAC Professional about the damage that was caused, and how that may affect the system for years to come. This information, if properly documented, will be invaluable for your insurance adjuster when they come to your home for an inspection.
In the end, know that Vanderford Air is always here for you and willing to assist in any way that we are able. You can depend on us to provide you with the most detailed and reliable information and work directly with your insurance company to aid in the process.
Please feel free to contact us at any time at 281–557–2665.