September is here, and it brings the promise of fall weather coming soon. …But not yet! Here in the Southeastern US, it’s still quite warm and summer hasn’t given up. Heat is a daily reality, and with it comes concerns about warm weather and water damage. Moving towards the colder months, it’s ideal to have a secure, well-maintained home and property. This will not only make life easier for you, it can reduce health risks, maintenance costs, and even holiday stress! So what are some warm-weather specific tips to help keep water damage at bay and worry at a minimum?

Keep an eye on your A/C

Air conditioning is a luxury and a blessing (seriously, ask anyone who has traveled to a country without it… they will tell you it’s the truth!) but a malfunctioning A/C unit can be a nightmare. If your air conditioning unit is in the attic or upper levels, it can cause damage from the ceiling down. Ground floor units can create issues with both their level as well as carpeting and basements. It’s normal for an A/C unit to bring in a little condensation due to the temperature difference it’s creating, but it should never create a significant issue. If you see puddles forming, err on the side of caution and turn your unit off before calling an HVAC repair service.

Signs to look out for

  • Puddling or extreme condensation
  • Staining
  • Water spots near air vents or on the ceiling

Maintenance tips

  • Keep the air filter clean and replace as needed
  • Replace cracked drain pans
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Clean the evaporator coil regularly
  • Replace the air filter on a schedule

Watch your water lines

When the temperature is high, a cool drink or treat is always welcome. But to keep yourself (and any guests) comfortable, your dishwasher and ice machine might be taking an extra level of strain. A large portion of water damage in the home is caused by issues with the water lines to refrigerators/freezers and dishwashers. Most homeowners don’t find out they’re experiencing a leak until it’s too late, so don’t be afraid to check- and double check- often. If they’re attached and not leaking, you’re free to enjoy as many icy drinks as you want!

Healthy humidity levels

Moisture is easily brought into your home by high humidity levels. This can cause everything from health issues to damage to mold, and the hotter the air outside is, the more humidity it can hold. If the relative humidity in your home is high, it will also feel even warmer in turn. A/C will help, of course, but you can also ease the burden on your HVAC system with a dehumidifier and proper ventilation.

If you have any concerns about your water lines, leaks, or anything else mentioned in the article, please contact the Flood Medix! We’re happy to help- anytime, in any season.