How to handle basement floods
(NC) As Ontario continues to experience more severe and unpredictable weather – like the storm that flooded the Greater Toronto Area during this past summer – homeowners want to know what to do if flood water makes its way inside the home. Here is a helpful guideline from Enbridge Gas Distribution:
Do not enter flooded areas, as there could be a dangerous electrical shock hazard. Be mindful that exposure to contaminants carried by floodwater can also be dangerous.
If you smell gas (rotten eggs), or if flood waters have risen above your gas meter and regulator set, call your local gas utility's emergency number immediately.
If you don't smell gas, but any of your natural gas appliances, including furnaces, boilers, water heaters and dryers, have come in contact with water, they're not safe to use.
Local gas utility companies, such as Enbridge, will respond to emergency calls about possible damage to natural gas appliances and equipment from flooding and will make the situation safe by disconnecting the gas supply to flooded appliances. Even if the water has gone away, there may still be a safety risk, and the gas supply will need to be disconnected.
Once the water is removed and the area made safe, any gas appliances that have been exposed to flooding must be inspected by a qualified gas technician to verify that they can still operate safely. While it may be tempting, do not use the appliance and do not to attempt to service the submerged gas appliance yourself.
In some cases, flooding can impact sewer lines. Before doing any work to clear a blocked sewer line beyond the outside wall of a building, call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 for sewer inspection. It is possible that some natural gas lines could intersect with sewer service lines. A serious safety issue, such as a gas leak, may result if tools used to clear the sewer service line damage a natural gas line.
More information on flood safety is found online at EnbridgeGas.com/safety.
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