Causes of Water Damage

With spring finally here, most of us are anxious to start enjoying the warmer weather outside.  But as spring approaches, so do thunderstorms, rainy periods and air conditioner problems which can cause water damage to your home if not properly protected.  Water damage can affect building materials such as sheetrock or plaster, flooring, carpeting, ceilings and personal contents. When building materials are wet, they need to be properly dried in a timely manner to avoid further damage such as mold growth.  We have included some helpful tips to prevent water damage and to keep your home safe from the elements to prevent mold growth.

If you live in a single family home or townhouse, make sure your downspouts extend at least 6 feet from your basement wall.  Water should be draining away from your home!  Check your gutters for blockages and clogs from leaves, nesting and other debris.  And finally, make sure your windows are closed tight and the caulking around the frame is secure and free of holes or damage.

Air conditioning units are a very common source of water damage and the most likely culprit is a clogged drain line (condensation line).  Your unit is pulling moisture out of the air to cool it and that water goes to the condensation line to drain.  If your condensation line is clogged or blocked, the drain pan could overflow causing minor to sometimes extensive water damage.  Preventative maintenance is critical and the best way to avoid a costly problem.  The best way to prevent water damage from a clogged line is to have the unit(s) serviced by a professional prior to each season.  If you decide to pass on a service call, before using your unit for the first time this season, check the condensation line and other components for any red flags.  Additionally, pouring a little bleach or vinegar and water combination down the line will help clear the line of any algae or potential blockages.  In fact, pouring a little bleach or vinegar/water each month when in use is the best way to continually prevent backups in the condensation line.  

Not sure if you have water damage?  American Fire Restoration is on call 24/7 and provides free inspections, recommendations and estimates.  Our certified and trained project managers have the proper equipment, experience and knowledge-base to evaluate and recommend the most appropriate course of action.  If mitigation work is required, we can be onsite the same day to start the mitigation and drying process and to prevent further damages such as mold growth.