From Rain to River to Flood

shoes-ath-001Water falls from the sky in the form of rain. The rain then accumulates on the land. The water on land will not stay put generally unless it is sitting in a natural depression. Otherwise the water will follow the natural contours of the land following the path of least resistance until it finds the lowest point it can. Typically the water will find its way to streams and brooks which in turn lead to rivers which then lead to larger rivers which then eventually lead to the ocean.

 

Along the course of the water people often build house and other structures. This is because people like to live near water for the reason that under normal situations, living next to water increases their over all quality of life. The obvious flip side to this sort of living arrangement is that that any house or structure can be subject to water damage Utah in the event of substantial rain which leads to a situation where a flood can occur.

 

Once a house is inflicted with water damage Utah it is important for its home owner to take action immediately in order to mitigate the damage the water will inevitably cause. The first step is always to get the water out of the house and then to dry out the structure as thoroughly as possible. Sometimes this will require the water to be physically pumped out of the house or structure. Once the water has been removed from the house it will need to be inspected for structural damage. Any wood that has warped or rotted must be removed and replaced. Any metal that has rusted or has become otherwise corroded such that it is no longer structurally sound should likewise be removed and replaced. Any surface that has been covered by mold must be cleaned of mold or replaced if the mold cannot be removed.

How to Stop an Air Conditioner from Causing Water Damage Utah

wiring-whole-house-audio-system-blueprintMany home owners will suffer water damage Utah resulting from water dripping from a leaky air conditioner. Often this problem will become noticeable when the home owner observes the occurrence of pooling water in the drain pan of the air conditioning unit. Typically, air conditioners will come fully equipped with a drain for the specific purpose of channeling any accumulated water to the outside of the house. However, if any water begins to pool in the drain pan itself this is a prime indicator that the air conditioner has suffered a malfunction.

To prevent this situation from happening in the first place as well as to prevent the resultant water damage Utah it is vitally important that the home owner has the unit checked by a qualified technician on a regular basis. One function the technician will perform is to clear the drain line of any obstruction. Moreover, the technician will inspect the contactor, coils and the refrigerant pressure to make sure they are all properly functioning within normal parameters.

There are several steps a home owner can take to make sure their air conditioner continues to function properly. First, a home owner should replace the filters on a monthly basis. Second, a home owner should install an overflow shut off mechanism directly to the drain line which will disable the air conditioner in the event that the drain line experiences a back up of water. Third, a home owner should take action to correctly install their coolant equipment. Doing so will ensure that the water drains properly and does not cause damage to the house in which the air conditioner is installed.