Avoid Crippling Water Damage: Plumbing and HVAC Home Safety Tips
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of safety in your home? If it’s fire-prevention, most homeowners would agree with you. Fires can cause bodily harm and lead to extensive, irreparable damage to your home, so it’s important to install smoke detectors and keep an easily-accessible fire extinguisher.
But fire isn’t the only threat to home health and safety. Water damage can be just as devastating and more insidious because it often goes ignored or undetected. In fact, 53 percent of homeowner insurance claims, excluding natural disasters, are due to unresolved plumbing issues.
Luckily, you can avoid or limit water damage by simply being aware of the most common plumbing problems that cause them. If you notice any of these, your best bet is to call a professional plumber (like us!) right away:
- Leaking or Burst Pipe: this one usually causes damage in homes. In south Florida, leaky or burst pipes are typically caused by the general deterioration of old pipes or by faulty pipe materials.
- Faucet or Valve Leaks: while these usually start small, they will inevitably lead to bigger problems like wood-rotting, mold or bacteria growth, metal rusting, etc., if not dealt with in a timely manner.
- Mold: usually the result of undetected or neglected water issues, mold is a serious concern. If the underlying issues causing the mold are not dealt with quickly, it will spread and is likely to cause health issues for your loved ones.
A non-functioning or under-performing air-conditioning system (HVAC) can also cause major discomfort, inconvenience, and (you guessed it) water damage. In southern Florida, AC systems can run upwards of 3,000 hours per year, which is enormous stress, especially during tropical Floridian summers.
Below are common reasons why your air-conditioner might cause water damage in your home. As with any plumbing issues, it’s best to call a professional HVAC company (also like us!) if you notice any problems:
- Faulty installation: unfortunately, this happens too often in the industry and can come at a huge cost to you as a homeowner. When done incorrectly, a faulty install can create a whole host of issues including water leaks. If you notice water dripping or pooling anywhere around the unit, call a professional right away.
- Clogged condensate drains: You can usually tell whether you have a clogged drain by looking at your drain pan – if it’s full of water, your AC drain lines need to be cleaned immediately. If the clog gets bad enough, water will overflow and enable the nasty side effects of water damage.
- Frozen or Dirty evaporator coils: Dirt or ice around your AC coils will prevent your AC system from blowing cool air into your home and will force it to work too hard. The harder your AC works, the higher the risk of serious damage to the unit. You may also get stuck with a rapidly melting ice block that has the potential to soak everything around it.
These issues can be easily avoided by having your AC system inspected, cleaned, and maintained regularly. Not only will it prolong the life of your AC, it will also save you money over the long term and keep you comfortable during the warmest time of the year.
As a general rule, we encourage you to give special care and attention to devices in your home that have water flowing through them. Always hire a licensed and reputable plumbing and HVAC company that will guarantee their work (we do!).
Our highly-skilled technicians always perform visual safety inspections to ensure there are no obvious problems. We’ll always do anything in our power, as professionals, to help keep your home safe and comfortable.
If you’re experiencing any plumbing or AC issues or would like to schedule routine service, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call at 772-337-3222 or submit a service request. We look forward to serving you!