Schedule inspections for all water-damaged appliances four to five
days after the appliances are dry
Replace refrigerator water filters if you have been without water
or under a boil alert
Contact local health authorities for cleaning and remediation
guidance for flood-contaminated appliances
LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey are in the hearts and minds of many
as search and rescue is still underway in many parts of the region.
Assessing home damage might be far off for some, but for those who have
stayed in their homes or are able to return, safety must be a top
priority as many dangers can still exist. To ensure your safety,
water-damaged appliances from storms and flooding should be evaluated to
decide whether repairs are necessary before resuming use.
“We have received calls from consumers affected by Hurricane Harvey
asking what they should do with their flooded appliances and if they can
be recovered,” said Greg Crite, manager of the Technical Assistance
Group for GE Appliances. “First and foremost, owners should disconnect
any flooded or submerged appliance from its power source. Under no
circumstances should owners attempt to touch or reconnect the appliance
to power until it has been inspected and repaired by a qualified service
Inspections by service technicians, Crite says, are important because of
the potential hazards water damage can cause in electrical products and
gas-powered appliances. In particular, dry ocean salt water is an
electrical conductor and corrosive. Corrosion of clogged parts can cause
a fire, explosion or electrical shock.
Consider these factors when evaluating water-damaged appliances after a
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.
Check with your insurance company to see if they’ll help with
replacement costs for your major appliances.
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 go to the CDC website at www.CDC.gov
for additional decontamination recommendations. Products that are
exposed to polluted floodwaters may have been contaminated and require
special cleaning instructions.
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Kim Freeman, 502-452-7819