When the Washer Gets Flooded
Can flooded laundry appliances still be repaired and saved? (Photo Credits)
Home laundry equipment like washers and dryers are important for any home. When flooding happens though, it could be one of the heaviest appliances that might is difficult to move to safety. With this homeowners ask, can flooded washers still be refurbished or salvaged?
The website House Maintenance does not recommend a repair if the unit has been submerged in flood waters.
“Flooded washer / dishwasher – both have electrical wiring, motors, and other components installed in the lower portion of its enclosure – if submerged, have it replaced. Flooded clothes dryer – gas or electric will have a motor at the base, some wiring, gas valve / pressure regulator – if submerged, have it replaced.”
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Sanitizing after repair
For those that can be salvaged as per technicians, the North Dakota local government mentioned some tips on sanitizing the washers and dryers after a flooding occurrence. Read this post
“After washers and dryers have been reconditioned, sanitize them as follows: Pour a disinfectant (chlorine, pine oil, or phenolic) into the empty washing machine. Then complete a 15-minute cycle at the “hot” water setting. Unplug the dryer and wipe the drum and door with a cloth dipped in disinfectant solution. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water. Leave the dryer door open until all parts are thoroughly dry — preferably overnight.”
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The Pennsylvania State government also came up with a similar advice. It also shared some tips, if and when the homeowner decides to just replace their home laundry equipment.
“If you decide on replacement, be aware that most of the energy used by washing machines is used to heat the water. Look for machines that offer several water temperature selections for both wash and rinse cycles. A load of laundry washed and rinsed in hot water can cost as much as 20 times more than one using cold water for both cycles. Also look for machines that allow you to choose different water levels. If you decide to replace your dryer, you’ll find that newer models are able to sense dryness and automatically shut off. Compared with the older models, which operate on a timer, a new model can save between 10 percent and 15 percent on energy costs. “
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For whole home restoration following a flooding, it is best to get in touch with expert flood restoration service companies.