Submerged in Indoor Flooding
Flooded refrigerators can be salvaged depending on the level of flooding that occurred. (Photo Credits)
Refrigerators are expensive appliances, and so when it gets damaged, it will be sure that a homeowner will shell out a substantial amount of money for repairs, or an even more substantial budget for a replacement.
Indoor flooding or water damage is one of the reasons why refrigerators malfunction. Once refrigerators get soaked in flood waters, it could be possible that it will no longer work. But how does one properly deal with a refrigerator that has been soaked in flood waters? Check over here
The US Food and Drug Administration reminded homeowners on how to deal with the contents first, especially for those refrigerators which have only been partially submerged. For totally submerged refrigerators, the FDA advises homeowners to just dispose it.
“Once the power is restored, determine the safety of your food. If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen. If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40° F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.”
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Dealing with a Water Damaged Refrigerator
The AG Center meanwhile published an article on appliances that have been subjected to flooding. It mentioned that some could indeed be salvaged but its owners should accept the fact that the longevity of the appliance like a refrigerator, will be shortened already.
“Appliances submerged by floodwaters, particularly salt water, are often not repairable. Appliances that have been wet by rainwater and not flooded are often repairable. It is always desirable to have these repairs made by a reputable service person. Following disasters, however, individuals who have these skills often are very busy, and the owner of the appliance may find it necessary to make repairs. Remember that an appliance damaged by water can sometimes be made functional but will have a shortened life expectancy. Depending on the age and condition of the appliance before it was damaged by water, and considering the danger of personal injury from improper repairs, it may be advisable to replace the appliance rather than repair it.”
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Guidelines on wet appliances
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also has its own guidelines meant to inform its constituents about the safe way to deal with flooded appliances like refrigerators.
“If your refrigerator or freezer was submerged in flood water, it should be replaced. Refrigerators and freezers contain insulation that could be wet if the units were under water. This insulation is difficult to reach without destroying the cabinet of the unit. It will dry very slowly because the cabinet walls remain relatively cool while the appliance is on. Mullion heaters in some refrigerators, which eliminate condensation, are of further concern in water-soaked cabinets because they present a shock hazard. The slow dry-out of the insulation in refrigerator/freezers is conducive to the formation and growth of bacteria carried between the walls of the cabinet by the flood.”
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Knowing what to do in case of indoor flooding or water damage in one’s own home, will help a lot in ensuring the whole family’s safety, and minimize damage and expenses.