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Caring for Your Home: Preventing Water Damage from Appliances

10/8/2023 (Permalink)

Green drying equipment in an empty room. Water damage from appliances can be a disruptive and costly issue in your home.

While appliances like washing machines and dishwashers make our lives more convenient, they can also pose a hidden risk – water damage. Here in Illinois, water damage from appliances is a common issue, and it often catches homeowners off guard. In this blog, we'll delve into the potential sources of water damage from appliances and provide essential tips to help you prevent and address these issues effectively.

Understanding the Risk: Where Does It Come From?

Washing Machines: These workhorses of the laundry room can sometimes malfunction, causing water to leak from hoses, pumps, or even the machine itself. Over time, wear and tear can lead to cracks or loose connections.

Dishwashers: Leaks from dishwashers often occur at the hose connections, door gaskets, or pump seals. A malfunctioning float switch can also result in overfilling and subsequent water damage.

Refrigerators: If your fridge has a water dispenser or ice maker, it's connected to your home's water supply. A damaged or loose water line can lead to slow leaks, which can go unnoticed for some time.

Preventing Appliance-Related Water Damage

Regular Maintenance: Inspect hoses, connections, and seals on your appliances regularly. Replace any damaged or aging components promptly. Consider upgrading to steel-braided hoses, which are more durable than standard rubber ones.

Install Water Leak Detectors: These affordable devices can alert you to water leaks, even when you're away from home. Some can automatically shut off the water supply if a leak is detected.

Check for Signs: Be vigilant for signs of water damage, such as water spots, dampness, or musty odors around appliances. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

What to Do When Water Damage Occurs

Turn Off the Water: If you notice a water leak from an appliance, shut off the water supply to that appliance immediately to prevent further damage.

Call SERVPRO: Our skilled professionals in Illinois are experts in water damage restoration. We'll assess the extent of the damage, extract excess water, and thoroughly dry and dehumidify the affected area.

Content Restoration: We also specialize in content restoration. If your belongings have been damaged by water, we can help restore them to their pre-damage condition.

Water damage from appliances can be a disruptive and costly issue in your Illinois home. By staying vigilant, performing regular maintenance, and taking swift action when water damage occurs, you can protect your property and keep your home safe and dry. If you ever find yourself facing water damage from appliances or any other source, don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Park Ridge/N. Rosemont & S. Des Plaines. We're here to help Illinois residents restore their properties to their pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently.

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