Can you tell we’re ready for warmer weather — with last week’s blog about cleaning out gutters before spring, and now we’re already jumping into switching on the AC? Not that we have our hopes up or anything, but there are a couple forecasted high temperatures in the mid-70’s this week! That means that, before long, it will be time to crank the air conditioning. When you do, be on the lookout for a sneaky culprit — water damage from air conditioning.
But How Can I Suffer Water Damage from Air Conditioning?
Well let us tell you. Air conditioners create a remarkable amount of condensation as it pulls humidity and warm air in, cools it, and puts it back out. At peak efficiency, your system may be collecting up to 10-20 gallons of water daily. That water is supposed to drip into a sloped drain pan, and then down into a drain line connected to your home’s plumbing system or directly outside. Occasionally, something in that process of water collection and expulsion will go wrong. Now that you have a general idea of where the water comes from, let’s see what might go wrong.
Water Damage From Air Conditioning Explained
There are a few ways this process could go wrong, and it’s generally due to a lack of regular maintenance. The first, and most obvious, is a clog. If any part of this drainage system gets backed up, logic dictates that it will overflow and seep into parts of your house where it isn’t supposed to be (read: anywhere but the drain system). This can be a result of any of dirt, insects, mold, a combination thereof, or really any solid object that may have found its way into your pipes. A wet-dry vacuum may be able to help, but if it isn’t working easily then you may need to call in the pros. Other sources of problems include a dirty evaporator coil, a frozen evaporator coil, installation issues, or dirty air filters. Any of these can contribute to leaks or overflows that can in turn lead to water damage.
Like we said at the top of the previous paragraph, many of these problems can be prevented with regular air conditioner maintenance. It’s a good idea to have your system checked out now, before you turn your cooling system on for the warmer months, so you can enjoy the cool without having to worry about water damage from air conditioning.
Find Any Water Damage? Call ServiceMaster of Baltimore!
When water damage strikes, it is important to act fast. Turn off the source of the water, call a plumber to fix the underlying issue, take pictures and contact your insurance company, and call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are ready to help with certified licensed restoration technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Click Here to request an estimate today!
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “Preventing Water Damage From Air Conditioning,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.