Water damage from home appliances

A water leak can occur anywhere in your home, but the most common areas are in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Many water leaks are caused by leaking appliances like dishwasher, washing machines and refrigerators. Other water leaks may be caused by air conditioner leaks or hot water heaters that cause water damage in your home.

Any leak can lead to water damage that can be expensive to fix. Extensive water damage involves structural material, leading to toxic molds that require expensive mold removal. By taking appropriate precautions and properly inspecting and maintaining plumbing fixtures and appliances you can prevent many of the causes of water damage.

Some of your home appliances can create water damage problems. The obvious perpetrators are appliances that involve water:  washing machines, ice-makers, water heaters and dishwashers. These are the culprits that can rapidly flood your home with more water than you would have thought possible. If  this should occur when you were away from home the amount of water involved could cause immense damage. Mold and mildew can develop in as few as two days. Mold will not only damage building materials but involve many potential health risks for you and your family.

The most common leaks with icemakers, washing machines and dishwashers, is brought on by hose failure. Aging hoses that connect plumbing systems to the appliance can crack or connecting points can wear out. Examine these hoses once a year and watch for the trouble spots of connecting points and wherever there is a sharp bend in the hose. It is a good idea to replace hoses that are over five years old.

There is a reason many people have their washing machines in basements. When there is a leak it will not flood floors beneath it. Despite the location of the washing machine it is important to check its valves. We recommend replacing older valves with a dual ball lever-operated valve so you can easily shut off the water supply when you are planning on being away for a few day.

Annual maintenance for water heaters should be conducted. Usually a plumber or certified service technician should be brought in for this. They should check the condition of all pipes and valves, replacing parts that are worn out. They should also be checking on your anode rod that protects the heater tank from corroding. The rod can wear out or become corroded itself so it should be replaced if necessary. To protect the anode rod you should flush the water heater twice a year to flush away sediment.

Inside the water heater tank there is a protective glass lining. You should have your service person check that it is in good condition with no cracks, otherwise water could corrode the tank. Eventually a corroded tank will rupture causing a flood.

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