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Most Common Appliance Leaks That Cause Water Damage

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a kitchen. Water damage resulting from appliance leaks is a common issue that homeowners face.

Water damage resulting from appliance leaks is a common issue that homeowners face. Often, these leaks can go unnoticed until significant damage has occurred. Understanding the common sources of appliance leaks is crucial in preventing potential water damage. In this blog, we'll highlight common household appliances prone to leaks that can lead to water damage and how to address them proactively.

1. Refrigerator

Refrigerator leaks commonly stem from malfunctioning ice makers, damaged water supply lines, or clogged defrost drains. Water pooling beneath or around the refrigerator could indicate these issues. Regularly inspect water supply lines for wear or leaks, and clear any blockages in the defrost drain to prevent water backup.

2. Washing Machine

Leaks from washing machines often occur due to damaged hoses, loose connections, or worn-out seals. Check hoses for cracks or bulges and replace them every few years. Ensure proper installation and tight connections to prevent water seepage. Periodically clean the lint filter to prevent clogs that may cause leaks.

3. Dishwasher

Dishwasher leaks commonly arise from damaged door seals, loose or worn-out gaskets, or faulty connections. Inspect the door gasket for any signs of wear or damage and replace it if necessary. Check hose connections and tighten them to prevent water leaks. Regularly clean the dishwasher filter to avoid blockages.

4. Water Heater

Water heater leaks can occur due to corrosion, loose connections, or a faulty pressure relief valve. Inspect the tank for signs of rust or corrosion and promptly address any issues. Regularly test the pressure relief valve and ensure proper functioning. A professional inspection of the water heater annually can help identify potential leaks.

5. Air Conditioning Unit

Condensation from the air conditioning unit can lead to leaks if drain lines become clogged or damaged. Check the drain lines for blockages and clear them regularly to prevent water backup. Ensure proper installation and regular maintenance of the AC unit to avoid condensation-related leaks.

Preventive Measures to Mitigate Appliance Leaks

  • Perform routine inspections of appliances and their connections for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Replace hoses, gaskets, and seals periodically to maintain their integrity.
  • Routinely clean filters and drains to prevent clogs and backups that could lead to leaks.
  • Consider professional maintenance and inspections for appliances annually to identify potential issues early.

Addressing appliance leaks promptly can prevent extensive water damage to your home. Regular maintenance, inspections, and proactive measures are key to mitigating the risks associated with common appliance leaks. Remember, if you notice any signs of leaks or water damage, it's crucial to take immediate action to prevent further damage and seek professional help if needed.

At SERVPRO of Park Ridge/ N. Rosemont & S. Des Plaines, we specialize in water damage restoration and mitigation. Contact us for expert assistance in addressing water damage caused by appliance leaks and restoring your home to its pre-damage condition!

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