Yesterday, 09 October 2017, will be remembered by many in Johannesburg. A major thunderstorm led to a severe downpour of hail, which caused widespread destruction in many areas. Krugersdorp and Delmas was reported to be hit by a tornado, causing even more damage, many injuries and even resulted in loss of life. Added to this there have been reports of flooding and fire too. It was a terrifying day for many and the terror will continue today for these families as they must pull their lives together again and start the expensive journey on repairing the damage caused by these extreme weather conditions.
Shockingly you won’t shock
#warmupsa underfloor heating products are perfectly safe, even if your house has been flooded!
All #warmupsa cables and connections are completely waterproof, with special braided, or earth-screened cables, being used in wet areas, like bathrooms, by default. This means that if your house has been flooded by yesterday’s devastating storm, you and your family are still perfectly safe in your home if you have underfloor heating.
What to do if your house has been flooded
The first step after ensuring everybody is safe and unhurt, would be to switch off your underfloor heating. As mentioned above, there is no risk for you, however your floor covering might not be so lucky.
It may be tempting to use your underfloor heating to dry out your floor following flooding, but all this will do is let moisture escape the floor at different speeds, meaning that the heat coming through the floor will be unevenly spread. Uneven heat distribution will certainly cause damage to your floors – additional damage that you really don’t need on top of the existing storm damage.
Naturally dry out your floors, even if this takes several days. Once your floors are dry, and if there has been definite damage to floor, the next step is to contact a qualified electrician or #warmupsa approved specialist to inspect your underfloor heating to ensure that there are no damage to the cables or heating pads.
More benefits to underfloor heating than just waterproof connections
Damaged floors need replacing, and this could very well be the perfect time to get underfloor heating. If you have wondered about radiant heating and the benefits it holds, then rest assured that waterproof cables are not the only one that stands out:
- Heating pads are covered in foil, acting as an earth shield
- Patented earth strap eliminates any risk of fire or electric shock
- No exposed elements, meaning no risk of burning or fire
- No hot or moving parts to hurt children or the elderly
- Even heat distribution eliminates cold spots and evenly heats your floor covering
#warmupsa thoughts are with all the families and business owners affected by yesterday’s storm damage.
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