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Drain Pain: Avoid Clogged Air Conditioning Drains By Following These Simple Steps

Avoid Potential Ceiling Collapses & Health Problems By Following These Simple Steps

Quite frequently here at Carolina Climate Control, we are called out to service “clogged drains” and “water in the drain pan.” It is not unusual to find that water has made its way through a crack in an upstairs air conditioning unit pan and into the ceiling below. This can cause ceilings to collapse and cost hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars to repair.

Change Air Filters Regularly

Most people do not realize that clogged drain lines can be prevented. It is very important to change air filters on a regularly scheduled basis. This will prevent pet hair, dust and other debris from ultimately clogging the drain system. Pet owners have to more vigilant when it comes to changing filters. Pet fur/hair can build up in the filter and ultimately get past the filter into the drain line. This presents a higher chance to cause a backup.

Using Bleach & More About Drains

Another measure that prevents build up from occurring is by pouring a quarter of a cup of bleach into the drain. The bleach helps break up condensed material in your drain and opens up the pathway for the drained ac water.

In some cases it is impossible to keep debris, such as rust in an old system, from entering the drain. This is another reason to stay on top of heating and air condition equipment with regularly scheduled maintenance.

Surprisingly, even drains that have the perfect pitch – with no clogs – can still create water damage. Why is this? Lowcountry attics can reach up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. This causes condensation to occur, which means the drain sweats and ultimately drips onto the ceiling. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to have the drain line insulated.

Health Risks of Clogged Drains

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by bacteria which has only been found in aquatic systems. In some cases we have found homes or businesses where the condensate drain has been exhausted into the sewer line. This is VERY DANGEROUS and against all building codes! Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease are high fever, chills, and cough. Some people experience muscle aches, headaches, tiredness, loss of appetite, loss of coordination, and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting.

To ensure that your drains or drain pans have the proper integrity, PLEASE try these steps or feel free to give us a call. A home or business ruined by a collapsed ceiling is completely preventable. Finally, don’t compromise your health because of poor drain line installation techniques.

Thanks and stay cool Lowcountry!

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