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Frozen kitchen - any potential safety issues?

im_nomad | Jan 4, 2009 11:02 AM

I returned from my X-mas vacation last night to a none-too-wonderful surprise: my furnace had malfunctioned, freezing and then bursting my pipes above the kitchen, leaving it a frozen landscape with regards to the floors and part of the stove (seems to still work fine, and I had power). I had a skating rink on my kitchen floor. Things such as olive oil left on the counter were solid from the cold. As I was away for more than a couple of days, i'm not real sure how long things were left this way.

After I got the heat going again in the house and went to get a glass from the cupboard (after hours of mopping and dealing with newly formed geysers in other pipes, damn straight I needed a glass of wine !), things felt damp and clammy. I checked the pantry (opposite side of kitchen from where the leaks were), things also felt somewhat damp with what I can only assume is condensation from the reheat. I didn't see any jars that looked like they might have frozen and burst, and most if not all of my grains and such, are in tupperware containers.

While right now my main concern is the fact that I have no water, and a good bit of water damage on parts of my kitchen ceiling / pipes to be fixed, i'm just wondering if there's anything in the cupboards that I would need to look out for.

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