HVAC Water Damage

Unbeknownst to most, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is a common source of water damage. The very mechanics of your HVAC system produces condensation (water) that has the potential to escape from the HVAC system and into your home. The biggest risk of an HVAC leak is that the leak may not be detected immediately thus potentially exposing you and your family to mold, structural damage, and costly repairs.

The risk of mold is well known and well documented and it is a real concern to a healthy home. Should your HVAC leak into your structure, mold can be introduced into your HVAC system, which, in time, can germinate and be spread throughout the entire building so that your exposure is maximized. Water is classified in to three categories: categories one, two, and three which defines the level of contamination and how to professionally address each water category.

In truth, albeit unfortunately, there is no practical or safe way for a layperson to remove mold or bacteria from an affected area as the technology, skill, and technique required is not common knowledge and is a skill of craft. While anyone can apply an antifungal and wipe a visibly effected area clean, such action can, and most likely will, aerosolize microscopic spores thereby spreading the risk opposed to eliminating it which is the primary reason for special care.

Mold, however, is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to HVAC water damage. An undetected leak could silently but relentlessly ravage the building from within the walls thus damaging the building’s core. In the real world, many homeowners have no indication that their HVAC system is leaking until they find water coming out of a wall or hear a dripping sound that seems to be without source.

For reasons such as these, we recommend that you have your HVAC system inspected by a professional on a regular basis. Should the HVAC inspector inform you that there may be a leak or issues with mold then it would be prudent to call your local independent water damage restoration company for help.

While we honor the American Can-Do attitude and it’s Do-it-Yourself philosophy, there are some cases that are beyond the scope and ability of a Do-it-Yourselfer... this is such a case. Only an independent, professional water damage restoration company has the requisite education, experience, equipment, and certifications and licenses to safely and completely remove mold from your home and to return your home to its preloss and premold condition. Any attempt to handle mold or an HVAC leak without professional assistance can turn a controllable situation into a nightmare scenario.

This article is composed by and offered as a public service by Jimmy K.
Jimmy K is the Independent Owner and Operator of

Emergency Response Restoration
2665 N Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118.
Jimmy K is a true consumer advocate who is not afraid to battle the insurance company to ensure the proper restoration of the consumer's water damaged home office or asset.