Hurricane season is here and although we may not feel the immediate impacts of North Carolina’s coastal storms, there is still a strong likelihood that Gastonia, Charlotte, and the surrounding areas will experience a summer storm or two this season.
As the stormy season approaches, it’s best to have an emergency preparedness plan in place so that your home or business can still be fully operational. This may mean that you need to contact a restoration company to create a disaster recovery plan, or talk with Charlotte’s local electrician about a whole-home generator, or take the necessary precautions to ensure that your air conditioning unit is safe from flooding or hail.
When a severe thunderstorm is on the way and you believe your backyard is at risk of flooding, it may be tempting to throw a tarp over the unit and think that will offer the most protection. However, besides potentially suffocating the system, this can actually retain the moisture and become a breeding ground for mold and bacterial growth. It also can be a place where animals come to seek shelter, and these critters can also cause damage to your home’s heating and cooling system.
If you know that you live in a flood-prone area, there are two main approaches to keeping your air conditioning unit safe during a flood. The first option would be to install your air conditioning system on an elevated surface. This can help keep the unit out of harm’s way and give you peace of mind. The second approach would be to build a retaining wall around the unit to keep the flood waters out. Sandbags are also useful to have on hand to place around the air conditioning system and protect it from water that could corrode the unit.
Both of the aforementioned methods are effective at protecting your home from water damage during the stormy seasons. If you are unsure about which solution is right for you, call the team at Roland Black Heating and Cooling to discuss the different options available to you.
It’s important to keep in mind that if your air conditioning unit is flooded with water, turning the system on can result in electric shock and damage to the system’s internal components. It’s best practice to turn off the power to the air conditioning unit and thermostat if the system is flooded. This will help keep you safe and will prevent further damage from occurring to your heating and cooling system.
Always call the professionals at Roland Black Heating & Cooling to come and check on your system after it has suffered water damage. Our expert team of technicians can evaluate the system to ensure that it is fully functional and there is no risk to your home or family.