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Can You Save Water Damaged Appliances

Aug 7, 2008
Appliances are very often some of the casualties that occur because of home flooding. Whether or not it is even possible to save water damaged appliances will depend on what kind of flood it was and how much of the appliance was immersed in the water. The age and condition of the appliances in question might also have some bearing on whether or not salvaging them should even be attempted.

When your home has been flooded because of a plumbing break, the appliances might not come in contact with the water on a deep enough level to affect them drastically. Never attempt to plug an appliance back in or turn it on after it has been wet. You should get a service technician to come out and look the appliance over to see how much damage there might be. They should be able to tell you if the damage is severe enough to just replace the item or if it might be just thoroughly dried out and function fine.

It is possible that an appliance that has been wet from plumbing flooding might be dried out and there be no problems at all, but it is by far not a sure thing. Problems could arise later such as corrosion on parts or electrical failures. It is a risk you will take if you continue to try and use the appliance.

When appliances have been flooded with water that came from a natural disaster, chances are they will be ruined beyond repair. They can be filled with all sort of trash from the flood water like sticks, leaves, mud, silt, and any number of other things that will prevent it from ever working again. You might have them checked out by a service technician anyway, but you could be just wasting your time and money. If your insurance will cover the replacement of the appliances, you might be much better off just to get new ones.

If you must replace your flooded appliances with new ones, it is good to make sure that the damaged ones end up at a recycling center of some kind after you discard them. Just because they are no longer of any use in their current form does not mean that they can not be transformed into a brand new metal product of some kind. Almost everything can be recycled and still be of use somehow.
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