After heavy rains caused flooding throughout the McKinney area last week, weather forecasters are predicting some much-needed dry weather for the area through Thursday. This will allow those affected by flooding to cleanup and dry out before the next rain system moves in over the weekend.
Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico combined with Tropical Storm Patricia caused significant rainfall in parts of the area. Some areas of the state received between four and eight inches of rain while others received more than a foot. Corsicana was the hardest hit in the area with 20 inches of rain falling last week. With dry weather predicted, rivers that are still overflowing should recede, although some may continue to rise into midweek as smaller tributaries drain into larger rivers.
Forecasters say that the rain predicted for the upcoming weekend could also be heavy and may lead to more flooding concerns. There is still much speculation about the amount of rain expected. However, because the ground is already saturated from last week’s heavy rains, just a few inches of rain in the next week could result in additional flooding in some areas of Texas.
Protecting Your HVAC System
Heavy rain and flooding can cause significant damage to your HVAC system, especially outdoor units. In addition to rain and flooding, hail is also a major problem in Texas. However, there are things you can do to protect your system from damage even in severe weather. One suggestion is to place protective covers over your HVAC unit as hail and other debris are the most common causes of damage. Most outdoor systems are designed to withstand some damage, but not severe flooding or large hail. If your home is in an area prone to flooding, you may want to elevate your outdoor unit to keep it safe from rising waters.
Other Areas of the Home
If you find you have water in your basement after heavy rains, especially if your HVAC unit is located there, you may want to consider installing a sump pump to remove excess water. There are several types of sump pumps available and many offer an automatic on/off option that activates when water rises to a certain level. Another way to protect your entire home is to keep debris out of your yard. Remove tree limbs and other debris that may develop in your yard after smaller storms to avoid damage during more severe storms. When high winds are predicted, it is also advisable to remove potted plants, patio furniture and other outdoor items to keep them from blowing during a storm.
AAA Air is here to answer all your HVAC questions. We can review your system and help you add protections that will keep your system safe in even the most severe storm. Contact us today by telephone or online to learn how we can help you with all your HVAC needs before the next severe storm strikes.