Rainy summer days escort water into our lives and often our basements... The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has determined that any gas appliance exposed to flooding should be replaced.
In a press release, GAMA advised against do-it-yourself appliance or water heater repairs: “When heavy rains bringing the possibility of severe flooding, it is important to remember that all flood-damaged plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical appliances and related systems should be replaced, rather than repaired... (GAMA) stresses that the repair of flooded appliances and related systems (including damaged venting and electrical connections) is not a job for the do-it-yourself-er, no matter how skilled. This is particularly true of control valves, according to the GAMA official. These components are manufactured to extremely close tolerances. Once submerged in flood waters, they must be replaced. Field repairs should never be attempted by the homeowner.”
Sad as it may be, we take for granted the every day comforts in our homes and places of business, until they don't work. We've preached many times about the benefit of having your heating equipment serviced by a professional, and we do stand by that golden rule. This; however, becomes a more serious situation if your heating equipment has been "drowned". Once critical service parts have been submersed in water they are usually no longer servicable or reliable. We consider this a safety concern and would be remiss if we did not bring it to your attention.
After suffering through an earthquake and a hurricane this week (August 2011) the entire eastern coast was thrown into turmoil. In our NJ area alone residents have called stating that their heating equipment was surrounded by water, some reporting waist-high. For safety reasons alone, we reccomend the replacement of heating controls that have been water damaged. Often water heaters too are destroyed by unexpected water. NJ residents, we're at your service!