4 Tips to Protect Home Appliances During a Flood

4 Tips to Protect Home Appliances During a Flood
Protect your home appliances during a flood with these four tips.

As snowpacks melt, creeks, streams, and rivers swell to accommodate the extra run-off. Add a high amount of precipitation in a short period of time and many areas within the Okanagan fall victim to flooding and mudslides. However, there are lots of ways to prepare and protect your home and your home appliances in the event of a flood. To help you through the next big flood, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to make sure you and your appliances aren’t affected too badly by perilous weather conditions. 

Turn off the Electricity – if the power hasn’t already gone out, make sure you shut down the electricity in your home. If your home appliances have an encounter with floodwater, they’ll be less likely to short out if the source of power has been disconnected. 

Keep a Nose out for Gas Leaks – If the gas line becomes damaged due to flooding conditions, you may not notice right away. Do the sniff test every time you walk into your kitchen. If you smell gas coming from gas ranges, ovens, or even the gas BBQ on your deck, leave your home immediately and call the local fire department. 

Prepare During Renovations – If you’re in the process of renovating your kitchen or will be soon and you live in an area prone to floods, do a little pre-flood planning. Ensure that switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring are installed at least a foot above an expected flood level in your home.

Keep Ahead of the Problem – If the area you live in is at risk of flooding, take the following precautions before a local state of emergency is declared: 

  • Clean the gutters, drains, and downspouts
  • Elevate all kitchen appliances onto concrete blocks
  • Move furniture, electronics, and other prized possessions to the upper levels in your home. If you’re short on time, at least try and get them off the floor or raised up onto blocks. 


Managing Your Home Appliances During a Boil Water Notice

Boil water notices are commonplace during and after a flood. If your neighbourhood has been put on notice, there are a few steps you should take to ensure you and your family have access to clean water. 

  • Turn on the hot/sani-cycle on your dishwasher to ensure your dishes are disinfected. If your dishwasher doesn’t have one, you should wash your dishes by hand using a bleach rinse. 
  • Don’t use the water dispenser on your fridge. These lines are filtered, but won’t filter out harmful bacteria. Instead, drink bottled water or previously boiled water. 
  • Skip the coffee maker. Coffee makers are incapable of making water hot enough to kill bacteria before brewing a pot of coffee. Instead, fill your coffee maker with bottled water or previously boiled water. 

If flood damage has pushed you into finally tackling that kitchen renovation you’ve always wanted, take a look at our previous post: Remodelling Tips: Kitchens and Canadian Appliances


If it’s time to update or replace some of the appliances in your home, come and speak to the appliance superstars at Genier’s in Vernon. We’d be happy to introduce you to some of the best appliances on the market and give you a tour through our live showroom.


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