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.