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Protect your equipment after the flood

The risk of damage doesn’t recede with the water

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, causing more than $1 billion in crop and property damage every year.

Equipment failure after the flood

If your equipment, machinery or electrical systems are exposed to flood waters, you also risk their loss, even when the water level has dropped.

Water, silt and contamination

Flooded equipment may have water, silt or other contaminants inside and could be damaged or destroyed if started or tested without proper cleaning and preparation.

Don’t turn it on until it’s restored

HSB engineers have prepared flood recovery action steps to help customers who own and operate equipment in flood affected areas.

  • Do not turn on electrical equipment until it has been cleaned, dried and the insulation tested.
  • Inspect, drain, clean and lubricate machinery before operating.
  • Inspect boilers and make sure all safety components such as relief valves, gauges and low-water cutouts are cleaned and repaired.
  • Boiler burners should not be fired until checked by a boiler technician.
  • Dry, clean and test controls on all mechanical and electrical equipment.

Click here for more information

Most flooding occurs between spring and fall. Remember, the risk of equipment damage does not recede with the water. Click here for more information about preparing your equipment for operation to prevent loss after a flood.