You might think of your HVAC system and plumbing as two completely separate parts of your Indianapolis home. However, there’s a link between them. Since these systems can affect each other, it’s important to understand their connection.
Drain Line and Sewer Line
Your HVAC system most likely has a condensate drain line that moves condensation or moisture to the exterior of your home and into the ground. This helps prevent moisture from building up inside the air handler. When your condensate drain line is connected to the sewer line, you could end up with a leak. If something goes wrong with the sewer line, the drain line can’t carry condensation out of your home. Instead, this moisture can accumulate inside your HVAC unit and leak onto your floor or another part of your home. These leaks can cause mold or mildew to grow, which can become a health hazard. You could also have major water damage as a result of these leaks.
Condensate Drain Line Damage
Your plumbing and HVAC system can cause damage to your home if there’s a problem with the condensate drain line. Over time, these drain lines can develop damage, such as cracks or ruptures. Their location inside ceilings or walls can then lead to serious water damage as condensation leaks out, such as wood rot or mold growth.
Preventing HVAC and Plumbing Problems
How can you lower the risk of having these problems occur? Routine HVAC inspections can help prevent problems with the condensate drain line. Technicians can check your drain line for signs of damage and flush it as needed to stop condensation from building up. If you do have a problem with your sewer line, turning off the main water valve and your HVAC system can prevent leaks from the condensate drain line from occurring.
If you need HVAC or plumbing services for your Indianapolis home, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbingtoday.