Flood Prevention Tips: Secure Water Heater & Furnace Now

If you live in an area prone to summer flooding, you might do a number of things to secure your home, including installing check valves in your sewer traps and sealing the walls of your basement. But you might not think to secure your water heater and furnace against flood damage. Even if these appliances sit above the basement, they can still experience some damage from flooding water. Here's why you should secure your water heater and furnace, and the tips to do so properly.

What Appliances Should You Secure?

Some storms are powerful enough to create extensive flooding in the home. As the water rises, it can travel to your water heater or furnace very quickly. If these appliances use gas as a power source, they may sustain extensive damage and leak. Leaking gas can be very dangerous if it ignites in the house. 

Electrical water heaters can be just as deadly. If the parts inside the appliance becomes wet, you can sustain electrical shocks. Electrical problems caused by a flood-damaged water heater may also affect the rest of the home by creating power fluctuations. 

It's not always possible to repair a water heater or furnace after it experiences flood damage. In most cases, you'll need to replace the appliances. You can take steps to secure your appliances with the right tips.

What Should You Do?

To protect your family from the potential dangers above, you can have a technician move your water heater and furnace to your attic or a second floor. If a flood warning occurs in your area, you can act quickly and cut gas or electrical power to the appliances before it's too late.

You may also install or build a masonry wall around the appliances. The wall should be at least 12 inches above your zone's flood elevation level. Some sources recommend placing water heaters and other large appliances on masonry blocks. The blocks should raise the appliances 12 inches from the designated flood elevation levels in your area or property.

If in doubt about how to secure your large appliances properly, contact a flood prevention service provider right away. Contractors may inspect your home and offer professional advice on where and how to relocate or elevate your appliances. You want to take precautions before the storm season arrives. 

For more information about preventing flood damage in your home, click here for more information and schedule an appointment or contact a service provider today.