It’s that time again. Tornado season. And while your safety and the safety of your family is priority number one, you should also take precautions as a homeowner to weatherproof your home before storms and remember to check damage quickly afterward.

Here are some tips for heating safety following storms, flooding and tornadoes:

  • Recognize fireplaces and furnaces as major appliances.
    Floors can become weakened, insulation can become sodden and metal rusts when water soaks a home. Consider replacing your furnace and fireplace when replacing your kitchen appliances.
  • Be on the safe side.
    Before using your fireplace, woodstove or furnace after a damaging storm, flood or hurricane, we recommend an inspection by a professional to ensure your furnace and/or fireplace haven’t suffered any water damage.
  • Replace gas logs.
    Fireplaces that are made to burn gas logs pose one of the most dangerous problems because small pieces of debris and/or damage to the gas control valve might not be obvious.
  • Replace damaged appliances.
    Any electrical wiring or fans associated with your fireplace or furnace’s operation need to be replaced if they’re waterlogged. Just like your kitchen’s refrigerator and stove, your home heating appliances need to be inspected and potentially replaced, depending on the level of water damage.
  • Hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® or CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician®.
    When in doubt, ensure your home and family’s safety by hiring a chimney or dryer exhaust professional. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps® and CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians® have earned the chimney and venting industry’s most respected credential by passing an intensive examination based on fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. This knowledge allows them to expertly diagnose and solve chimney and venting problems.

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