Impending snow may cause more strife for flood victims

With cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, many area residents may face complications with appliances affected by the Halloween flood.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 1:16 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 1:56 PM

With cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, many area residents may face complications with appliances affected by the Halloween flood.

Paul Collis, of Fred F. Collis & Sons, says severe water damage can significantly impact furnace and water heaters, making them virtually unusable.

"When we get called to a place that has water damage, the manufacturer tells us that the units are basically not able to be re-used just because if the safety issues. A lot of the cabinets inside get water, get mud and you have potential to get mold inside the system and all the electronics. To keep a house from freezing up or just the coldness in the house you really need a furnace or heating system," said Collis.

Those who suffered flood damage to their basements may be in need of a new unit. Collis says anyone who needs their appliances evaluated can call them for a free assessment.

Residents are also reminded to change batteries in thermostats ahead of winter, and change air filters so heating systems operate efficiently.

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