Water damage is something that concerns all Traverse City homeowners — and it isn’t something that happens just because of excessive rainfall. Water damage prevention should begin with an inspection of your HVAC system. Your heating and cooling system can be the source of serious water damage that can damage your home’s building materials and your personal belongings, leading up to costly and unwarranted repairs and replacements. The following are some steps to stay ahead of watery issues:
What are the sources of HVAC system water damage? And what can I do to resolve them?
- A huge cause is an overflowing collection pan. A cooling pan is installed in your HVAC system to catch the water that condenses on the cooling core. When properly operating, water should evaporate from the pan or drain through a desired outlet or tube.
- A leaking collection pan caused by unmitigated corrosion.
- A disconnection or break in the draining outlet or tube running from the collection pan.
- Fouled or malfunctioning cooling coils. Your home’s cooling equipment requires a defrost of its cooling coils, but these coils can sometimes malfunction, causing an overflow runoff into the collection pan.
For all the above issues arising from the collection pan, simple water damage prevention involves regularly inspecting this component and being alert when problem signs first begin to develop.
- A non-working sump pump.
Regularly inspect and check to be sure your sump pump and its back up are properly operating by filling the pit with water and ensuring the unit automatically turns on to drain the water.
Consequences of water damage
- Unsightly stains on walls and ceilings
- Hidden rotting of important building materials like floors and walls
- Hazardous mold and mildew growth
- Unpleasant and distracting odors
- Carpet and furniture damage
- and much, much more
Simple neglect and failure to regularly inspect your HVAC equipment is a huge cause of serious water damage. If you notice any issues with your plumbing, sump pump, or cooling equipment, contact a professional immediately to prevent disaster from striking your home.
To learn more about water damage prevention, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water damage prevention and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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