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Pipe Burst- washer/dryer flooded is it ok to use?
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Post# 271923   3/24/2008 at 19:05 (3,766 days old) by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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I was gone for exactly 2 hours today and during that time the supply line to the toilet in the main bath burst. It flooded everything and rained water downstairs on my washer and dryer. What a mess!! The washer was full of water, it did pump the water out of it but I'm concerned if I should use them. They are Kenmore 90 Series, about 9 years old. I dried them off and shop vac-ed off the consoles. Any thoughts on this guys???

Post# 271933 , Reply# 1   3/24/2008 at 20:19 (3,766 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Not likely to be a problem. You already ran the washer. If anything was damaged, the trouble should have manifested at that point. I'd say don't run either of them for several days (or as long as you can hold off) to ensure everything that got wet dries further. Then carry on as normal.

A stalled rainstorm caused a flash-flood over half of the town in November 2004. My Fisher & Paykel pair at my grandmother's house was flooded to a depth of ~12" ... while still connected to power. I made sure they left to dry for as long as possible, I think it was at least a week. Both are running perfectly fine. My KitchenAid pair was in a garage next to her house, also flooded, both are OK.

Post# 271950 , Reply# 2   3/24/2008 at 21:56 (3,766 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Be careful when you do use them at first, as electricity may "leak" out seeking a ground at first.

GadgetBoy plugged in a coffee maker that had been out in the rain and saw stars when he touched the metal exterior.

Days later, I plugged it in (I presume it had dried-out more thouroughly) and all went well.

Post# 271978 , Reply# 3   3/25/2008 at 06:28 (3,766 days old) by christfr (st louis mo)        

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oh gees ... yea id let them dry for a few days maybe take the back off the consoles or the whole machine and let them dry but i bet they are ok

Post# 272020 , Reply# 4   3/25/2008 at 10:02 (3,766 days old) by brant_ix ()        
Using a DeHumidifier will Help

... to speed things up a bit, and dry out your walls and floor so you don't get mold. Just don't over do it. My grandmother left her dehumidifier on even after it was all dried up and it sucked all the moisture out of the seals and it began to leak after a couple years.


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