Avoid Unwanted Appliance Water Disasters
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County recommends appliance inspections to prevent water damage to your home. Appliance failure or leaks can lead to flooding and water damage. Try these strategies to decrease the likelihood of water damage in your home.
- Shut off your water
Once you realize there is flooding in your home, the first step is to shut off the water source. There should be a main water line shut off in the area where your water line enters your property. Knowing the location ahead of time will help you be better prepared in case of an emergency.
- Kitchen Culprits: Dishwashers and Refrigerators
Dishwashers and refrigerators are the two main kitchen appliances known for causing flooding. It is best to periodically check under the sink for leaks where the water supply connects to the hose. If you have a refrigerator with a water dispenser or ice maker, check the water supply line on the cold-water line. Search the base cabinet of your kitchen sink for warped flooring materials, leaks, or water pooling resulting in visible water damage.
- Washing Machines
Ideally, you should replace the hot and cold-water hoses on your washing machine every four to five years. This is important because the hoses can become damaged when the machine moves or vibrates during the wash cycle. Also, make sure the drain hose is secured into the housing on the wall.
- Water Heater
Make sure to drain your water heater once a year to prevent sediment from building up which will result in clogging. Check that your emergency overflow line is unobstructed and that your water heater is sitting on a catch pan for retaining initial leaks. If your water heater is installed in the attic, this may save your ceiling from drywall repairs.
Although faulty appliances can lead to some serious water damage, being aware and periodically inspecting them can help prevent any major disasters. If you do experience water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We will assess the damage and begin drying the area immediately to limit secondary damage to furnishings, carpets, and structural materials. Our professionals are highly trained in water restoration and mitigation. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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