Routine Maintenance To Prevent Water Damage

water damage cheraw, water damage cleanup cheraw, water damage repair cherawWith autumn starting in September, most people think of fall leaves and a cool breeze. For those of us in Cheraw, South Carolina though, the only cool breezes we get in September are the ones coming from our air conditioning units. The average temperature in September is 83 degrees, so until October our cooling systems are still working hard. After a full summers worth of work, by fall our air conditioners are probably in need of some routine maintenance and service work. Because air conditioners and HVAC systems are common culprits of water damage in the home, it is important to keep up on routine maintenance to prevent them from leaking water all over.

To keep our houses cool, air conditioners use a cold evaporator coil. When warm air comes in contact with this coil, moisture is removed from the air. That moisture collected by the evaporator coil is sent outside of your home, allowing air to cool inside the unit that it pushes back out into your home. This moisture will buildup inside your HVAC system, and can cause major water damage inside your home. Some common causes of water leaks from cooling systems are a clogged drain, frozen evaporator coils, and pipes that are not connected properly. So, how can you ensure that your HVAC system will keep your house cool without creating an indoor lake?

  1. Change the HVAC filter regularly to prevent the unit from having to work harder than necessary. When the filter gets too dirty, the system requires more energy to pull air in, which can cause the evaporating coils to freeze and then defrost, leading to leaking water inside your home. You should change the filter at least every 3 months, but during those summer months when it is working daily it is good practice to change it every month.
  2. Check your condensation drain lain regularly. You should see water flowing to the drain without obstruction. You can flush the drain once or twice a year with an algaecide to prevent mold or algae from forming inside. If you notice a clog, get it removed and resolved quickly. Check connections on the drain line to be sure that it is tight and there are no leaks.
  3. Have your HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once a year. These systems are complicated and can be difficult to navigate without the proper training and experience. Hiring a professional will ensure that no damage is imposed on your HVAC system by you not knowing what you are doing. Professionals can inspect and fix problems related to all components of the HVAC system, including the ones that could cause leaks. Ductwork, furnace flames, grills, registers, AC compressors, and thermostats are all important components of the HVAC system, and require special need and attention to keep your cooling system functioning and performing optimally. 

If you find yourself dealing with water damage, whether from your HVAC system, a burst pipe, or flooded toilet, Dixie Dry water damage cleanup and mold remediation is here to help. Dixie Dry is an expert in water damage cleanup, and we have the experience needed to clean water disasters of any size in Cheraw and throughout Chesterfield County.