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7 Things To Do When You Have An AC Leak
You live in South Florida and your AC leaks…Of course its August and about 99 degrees with 110% humidity. You need your AC to function so that you don’t melt. Not only has your AC leaked you think it may have caused some water damage. Now what are supposed to do? Here are 7 simple ways to know if you have water damage and need to call in a professional water restoration company.
Don’t Ignore the Problem
Maybe you think it’s not a big deal. But if your AC is leaking a little bit now, it is only going to get worse. AC units should not leak, and if it continues, it could cause further damage to your home that will be costly.
Do I have water damage? Can you spot the signs of water damage?
Fix the Air Conditioning Leak
Some DIYers can diagnose and fix the routine reasons for AC leaking. If you have a clogged condensate line, a hole in the overflow pan, or need to change the filter, you might be able to fix it yourself. If, however, you are like most of us, you need to call in an AC repair company to stop the leak.
If the leak is large and threatens the electrical components of the AC unit, you need to turn it off before it can cause a short or other problem. No matter what you do, you have to get the AC fixed.
Look for PONDING AND POOLING
Next, look for any water damage. The most obvious clue that you have a problem is if there is ponding or pooling of water near the area of the AC vent. When you see that, there is a problem and you may want to seek help right away.
Check for color changes
If your ceiling is no longer that beautiful color of white that you painted it, you may have a problem. If there is an area around the vent that is a tan, brown, or yellowish color you can be sure that there is a water leak and you need to get the damage repaired.
Inspect the surface texture
Look at the area around the AC vent; is the texture the same as the rest of the wall or ceiling? If you have water damage you might see bubbling of the paint, peeling paint, or even your dry wall or plaster falling apart. If your vent is near the floor and you think there may be water damage, you may start to see your wood floor buckle or lift. If you have carpet, you may not see the buckling or lifting but you may start to see the carpet deteriorate or change in color.
What’s that Funny SMELL?
If you walk into your house and wonder if you forgot to take out your garbage you may have water damage that is now beginning to grow mold. Mold may not always be visible to the naked eye. However, there are some molds that you can clearly see. Mold can grow inside of the wall and not be known for quite sometime. So if you see signs of water damage but not signs of mold, you should still call in the professionals.
Obviously, if you see the mold you need to call a professional company right away. Even the smallest of the leaks can lead to a mold issue.
We all know how scary and dangerous prolonged exposure to mold can be to our health. This may not be the time to try your hands at DIY mold removal. Mold is trickier than you think, and if you don’t get all the mold out, it will just continue to grow and infect your house.
FIND AN EXPERT
At this point, you are going to want to do some research to make sure you are getting the best company to do the work for you. Mold and water removal is nothing to leave to just anybody, you will want to make sure you are choosing a reputable company.
A mold remediation and water restoration company should undergo industry training to stay at the forefront of advanced techniques. The company should also be able to use the latest tools in the mold remediation and water restoration industry.
The best companies can even bill your insurance, so you have no out-of-pocket expenses. Don’t count out the importance of a business that has superior customer service making a stressful situation a little less stressful. Total Care Restoration has all of these qualities and more.