Flooded in DC? How to Protect Your HVAC and Plumbing When There’s a Storm

protect plumbing and hvac after flooding washington dcHave you been affected by the recent floods in the Washington DC area? Whether they were just close by or in your own backyard, now is a good time to think about protecting yourself and your home from water damage. There are a few things you can do to make sure your home is as safe as possible both before and after the storm.

Preventative Maintenance

One of the best ways to protect your house from unwanted water during a storm is to think about things ahead of time. Make sure all of your gutters flow well. Remove leaves and other debris so water can flow through the gutter without overflowing. Look, too, at where your gutter empties. If you need to direct the water elsewhere, you can buy pipe extenders at your local hardware store.

Similarly, you’ll want to make sure the street in front of your home is cleared of any buildup or debris. This can back up the flow of water so it ends up in your yard instead of down the drain. Any extra water in your yard can affect your pipes and your HVAC system, requiring flooding repair after the fact.


If your HVAC system has undergone a flood, don’t turn it on until you have someone check it out. This may be a hassle but it can prevent you from frying your system or making it work extra hard after a storm. If you call us at Larry & Sons, we’ll come out quick, test your system, clean out any mud and debris that has collected in it, and let you know when you’re good to go. If you need HVAC repair, we’ll let you know.

If the outdoor components of your system have been partially or entirely submerged because of the flood, you may want to consider replacing them entirely. This is an investment in your future health and in the efficiency of your system. We can talk you through the pros and cons of replacement and help you decide whether HVAC repair or replacement will work best for you and your family.


While your plumbing system is designed to deal with water, it’s not designed for a super wet environment. Wet earth can shift or can allow your foundation to shift, both of which can cause your pipes to crack or break. If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is call someone to get your plumbing repair done fast.

You may also find yourself struggling with drain clogs after a flood. Mud and debris can get into the drains can plug them up, causing you to need plumbing repair fast.

Whether your flooding repair involves HVAC, plumbing, or both, the experts at Larry & Sons will help you get the job done efficiently so you can get back to your everyday routine. Don’t let these problems go! If the recent floods have affected you, make your appointment with one of our experts today!