San Diego water damage is much more common in the summer than you may think. There are many things in your home that can cause water damage and promote mold growth, but did you know your air conditioner may be one of those things? The air conditioner is a wonderful device that keeps people cool in the summer by eliminating the heat in the air. Although, as the temperature rises many people turn up the dials on their air conditioners and this also raises the risk of air conditioner leaks!
A leaking air conditioner is due mostly to the way an air conditioner removes the humidity from the air inside your house. Air goes through your furnace in to the air conditioner on its way through the evaporator coils. The coils look very much like a cars radiator. With the air cooling the humidity from inside the house condenses in to water, but when everything is in working order this water is collected in a drip pan outside of your house.
Although, when it is not working properly the water ends up leaking in places other than the drip pan. This water can end up on your floor, in your central air closet, or even in your walls. A tiny but continuous drip of water down your wall or on your floor can lead to mold growth or destroy your floor with water damage.
If you have laminate flooring or tiles this could warp it and in the end can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to fix. The best thing that you can do is to call a mold company to come out and inspect the water damaged areas and then fix the water leak so that the damage can be repaired before it gets out of control.
This is where applied structural drying (ASD) comes in to play. This process involves much more than only drying the carpet and the padding under it. You will have to locate and dry all the areas affected by water damage. If the structure or house is not appropriately dried than the damage can progress and become secondary damage including the amplification of bacteria as well as mold. Proper applied structural drying procedures will save a homeowner and insurance companies thousands in replacement costs.
New technology aids technicians with equipment such as modern blowers as well as dehumidifiers dry structures much more effectively. With new equipment applied structural drying technicians can address special areas, for example, drying behind and under cabinets, drying hardwood, tile, and laminate flooring, as well as being able to reach locations not previously possible.
These results can be obtained with little to no demolition. Most traditional water restoration requires pulling up and many times ruining carpeting, removing cabinets and hardwood flooring, pulling up baseboards and sheet rock. Applied structural drying employs new techniques that save money and give San Diego homeowners peace of mind that they will not have to replace many of the items and fixtures in their home.
Joe Colombo is a certified applied structural drying specialist in San Diego, CA. and the owner of Gold Coast Flood Restorations, a San Diego water damage company. For more information please call his 24 Hour Toll Free Emergency Service Hotline: 888-373-9243 or visit Gold Coast Flood Restorations, the San Diego water damage and applied structural drying web site at http://www.goldcoastflood.com.