How Your Air Conditioning Unit can Cause Water Damage to Your Bloomingdale Home
Damage to Bloomingdale Properties by Water Occurs in Many Ways
The heat of summer seems only to get worse as summer progresses, but with many different activities to engage our attention and our time, it can often feel as if there is very little of either to spend on maintenance around the house. The inside of an air conditioner can be confusing to many who have them.
Summers in Bloomingdale tend to be hottest in August, and this is when air conditioner units have been running for a few months, making it common for malfunctioning units to cause water damage. The combination of constant, steady use with the need to cool your home, even more, can create problems in late summer, and with all brands of an air conditioner.
The water damage may not seem to be significant, but what you see on the surface is only part of the story. Water from a clogged or dirty air conditioner unit can seep into the inside of the wall, or under carpets, as well as behind siding on the exterior wall. At SERVPRO, we use a device called a hygrometer that can detect higher than normal levels of moisture in semi-porous materials such as drywall. Infrared imaging devices can also detect areas that may have been affected by infiltrating water. We can probe with a small pointed moisture meter to measure the results of our work, that is to restore standard levels of moisture content. In drywall 8-10% is a good number.
To prevent this problem, checking your air conditioner once a month to make sure that the condensate pipe has not become clogged can save your home from becoming damaged. While you are doing this simple check, taking a look at the evaporator coil can show you any dirt or particulate buildup that may clog the drip pan's drain. Many homeowners prefer to have a certified air conditioner repair technician handle this type of maintenance on a yearly basis for them to ensure compliance with their homeowners' insurance policy.
If you notice that your air conditioner has been leaking, SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you determine how much damage has occurred. If the leak is a new and has not yet harmed your home, we can extract all of the moisture to ensure that no water damage accrues. If the damage is found, we can very quickly restore the area before it can spread to other parts of your home. Call us, 24/7, at (630) 830-6236 for the experienced and highly trained technicians your home deserves.
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