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Prevent Appliances From Causing Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur in the home for a number of reasons, all of which can be equally devastating. However, one of the more insidious causes of water damage comes from objects we use every day: our household appliances.

The water damage that appliances cause can go unnoticed if not guarded against, which is why it is essential to be aware of how to combat it.

Common Appliances That Cause Water Damage

Hot Water Heater
Though a complete hot water heating unit will typically last over 10 years, having to do intermittent repairs is common. Individual components can break down and lead to leaks, making it important to perform regular checks for leaks and signs of wear and tear.

Refrigerator
The lines connecting the refrigerator to a household’s water supply can often experience micro-tears or seal issues that can create leaks when they are used. While these leaks are typically small, because refrigerators are rarely moved, the damage they cause can compound and lead to far more serious issues. Check behind the refrigerator as part of your regular home maintenance to be sure that all is well.

Dishwasher
Dishwashers are similar to refrigerators in that they are rarely moved, and they also utilize a much larger volume of water, which can lead to larger leaks. Insurance coverage is not always applicable to damages from older dishwashers, so catching leaks early is key to preventing being stuck with a large bill.

Washing Machine
Hoses that run to the washing machine also uses a large volume of water and are known to leak—in fact, it is recommended that they are checked every month and replaced every five years, even if there are no signs of wear and tear to the hoses.

Air Conditioner
Air conditioning units are generally self-contained systems, as they both create moisture and drain it away as they run. However, any issues with this drainage system can cause trouble, leading to water damage both to the unit and surrounding areas. Scheduling your regular maintenance checks on time and keeping an eye on your unit is the best prevention method to keep your house cool and water damage-free.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

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