The sun is out and the temperatures are rising, which means all the snow from winter is finally melting away! While this is an exciting sign of spring, the rapidly melting snow can also mean flooding in homes. Continue reading to make sure your HVAC system continues running properly no matter what.
It’s been a while since Chicago’s last snowfall, but some remaining snow and ice on your roof can lead to ice dams, which prevent melting snow from draining off the roof through downspouts. Commercial buildings often notice ice dams around roof-mounted HVAC units, since they often go through temperature cycles throughout the day. The constant variation in hot and cold temperatures can form ice, blocking intake and output of the unit. Hopefully you (or a professional contractor) have been consistently de-icing around your HVAC unit. The added weight of ice can be dangerous for your roof and building as a whole.
Water and flooding
Melted ice and snow = water. You’ve likely noticed large puddles covering streets and sidewalks but maybe haven’t put thought into the melting snow around your home that could result in basement flooding. While there is little to do to prevent it, flooding should be addressed immediately to reduce damage inside. Find a local contractor that has a vacuum system to pump out all water. Do not turn your HVAC unit on if you suspect water has gotten inside – have it inspected once all water has been removed.
While you may have gotten all the water out, there may still be noticeable affects, like mold. Treat the mold as soon as you notice it; untreated mold can be spread throughout your home or building and can make people inside sick. There are mold-treatment products available that can eliminate it, but if damage is severe you may need to bring in a professional to replace damaged walls, flooring, or other areas.
Are you ready for spring? Be on the lookout for signs of flooding so you can fix the problem as soon as possible.
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