Where to Look for Water Damage
When it storms hard, or rains for an extended period of time, moisture and water can seep into our homes through cracks, crevices, and other vulnerable areas. It is vital to keep a lookout for red flags, indicating you have a water problem in the works, in order to prevent a small water leak or small area of damage to turn into a huge, costly repair or renovation. Here are the areas of a residential basement that should be supervised after heavy rain or moisture:
Although heating and cooling systems are not always installed in basements, the ones that are can be damaged by water leaks and flooding. Older homes are generally the properties that have HVAC systems in the basement. They are also properties that are more likely to experience water leaks; so beware and keep an extra eye open for water damage in the basement, if your home is older than 50 years. Basement heating and cooling systems need a little more maintenance on a routine basis to ensure proper performance and efficiency.
Be sure to check the drain pans regularly, especially after a storm, and clear them of any obstructions or debris. This will ensure consistent and normal water flow. Also, be sure to swap or clean the air filters. This can also prevent system complications that lead to water back-flow. Check for puddles around the unit itself, or condensation on the exterior of casing. If you notice excessive condensation, strange noises, or water puddles, contact an Indianapolis plumber for emergency plumbing repair.
While on the topic of condensation, check that your basement’s drain pipes do not appear “sweaty” or have moisture on them. Pipe condensation can cause mold and mildew growth which can be detrimental to your health, and lead to several more serious complications and costly repairs. It can also cause your plumbing pipes to corrode. Installing good-quality insulation for your basement pipes is an effective way to prevent this issues from occurring. Even with good insulation, it is recommended to check the pipes after a big storm or muggy climates.
Walls and Ceilings
Interior water damage can happen after excessive rain or moisture. Water miss-flow and accumulation can cause walls and ceiling areas to look saggy, discolored, wet, and even drip. This is a sign that you need immediate emergency water leak repair. A small interior water leak can quickly turn into a large and very expensive repair.