Health and Safety, Longmont Flood Information
- My water heater and/or furnace were submerged or sustained damage. Can I just dry them out and restart or do I need to have them serviced or replaced?
If your appliance was submerged in water or even exposed to water during the flood, you should have your appliance serviced by a professional. There are several components in the appliance that may have sustained damage. Without proper servicing, use of the appliance could cause a serious health and safety concern.
- My walls got wet. Does that mean my wiring may be damaged? How can I tell? Is it safe to turn my electricity back on?
If your walls were wet it is highly likely your electrical outlets may have been damaged. Please consult with a licensed electrician to determine if there is damage needing repair. The electrical should be evaluated prior to restoring electricity to the affected areas in your home. Building inspectors will be available to aid in this inspection process.
- I’m worried about mold and mildew. What can I do?
According to FEMA, if your home has water damage due to
flooding, sewage back-up from flooding in the area, plumbing or roof leaks, damp basement or crawl space, overflows from sinks or bathtub, mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. It will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem. This is why it is important to act quickly. An important resource for steps in recovering from mold and mildew is found in the following attachment: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf
- Is my water safe to drink?
Yes, the water from the water treatment plant is not contaminated. We have no plans to turn off water and we have no boil water order in effect.