Water damage can cause thousands of dollars in repairs for homeowners. Unfortunately, appliances are some of the most common perpetrators of flooding and water damage in the home. Keep an eye on these five appliances for wear and tear that could lead to flooding:
Since refrigerators have to cool items in a generally warm environment, they produce condensation that can pool as water on the bottom. There is a drain line that is supposed to remove this liquid from the bottom of the fridge. However, it can regularly get clogged up with bits of food and other debris. To prevent this, use chlorine bleach to clean it out.
Another problem the refrigerator can run into is the water supply line that feeds the ice machine. Sometimes this becomes unattached and can cause significant flooding. Make sure to check if it is properly attached regularly and especially before going out of town to avoid coming home to a ton of standing water.
Putting in the wrong dishwashing liquid or too much detergent is an easy way to make the dishwasher overflow and pool on the floor. The dishwasher might also encounter a faulty float switch, a clogged strainer, or a broken plumbing connection. If you find any leakage near the dishwasher be sure to call All Star Plumbing and Restoration so they can determine the cause of the problem.
- Washing Machine
The six common sites for washer leaks are the inlet connections, hose connections, center post gaskets, outer tub seal, air dome seal, and the pump. However, check first to see if the problem isn’t just a clogged floor drain.
- Water Heater
Malfunctioning temperature and the pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection, or a corrosive water tank could cause some flooding near the water heater. This can usually be avoided with annual maintenance.
Overflowing toilets can cause some pretty bad water damage. If plunging isn’t doing the trick, it’s time to call a plumber. The problem could be with a pipe outside of the house, rather than the toilet itself.
If any of the above appliances start flooding, call All Star Plumbing and Restoration immediately to prevent serious water damage. Also remember to schedule annual maintenance to prevent appliance and pipe leaks.