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Water leaks! They are the worst and have caused the most damage and work at both of our houses. I've had subtle leaks that weren't detected for a long time to the obvious, like the time I came home and water was pouring out of my garage!
The latest leak was one of the subtle ones. I just happened upon it because I was cleaning around the wood storage area and noticed a dark spot that should not have been there!
After clearing out the area, I realized the water was coming under the outside wall into the garage and potentially into my closet on the other side of the garage wall.
The culprit was the air conditioning condensation drain pipe that was positioned too close to the wall. As it's been very hot, the a/c has been running constantly meaning there has been a lot of water draining. Unfortunately, the water was running down the outside wall into the garage!
We needed to fix the problem ASAP!
We added a splash block to further direct the water away. This is usually used at the base of a downspout to direct water away from a home's foundation. Note: if you're wondering about that white box on the faucet, it is a smart hose timer by b-hyve. From an app, we can turn the water off and on remotely. This is especially convenient for this area as it's hard to get to this particular faucet.
This is one of those maintenance issues that is really not apparent to most homeowners. I'm glad we caught this when we did as it would have caused a lot of damage if the water intrusion had continued unchecked.
I think what I learned from this is, as a homeowner, you have to educated yourself. For the past two summers, I've had extensive, expensive A/C work done, but at no time, did any of the technicians see that poorly positioned drain pipe and do anything about it.
Bottom line, check your A/C drainage lines, clean them if necessary. Educated yourself and either do the maintenance yourself or call in a professional to prevent extensive costly repairs.
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