Check Your Appliances Regularly to Avoid Hidden Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
Though water damage is often thought of as a flood-related issue, there are many things within the home that can also cause issues. One of the most common culprits for this is household appliances.
Understanding the types of appliances that typically lead to water damage is important for remembering to do regular maintenance and practice prevention around the house, so homeowners do not have to deal with the complications of water damage.
Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters are one of the leading culprits of water damage from appliances. Typically, they will be designed to last between 10 and 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier due to factors of construction materials, installation and premature corrosion.
Refrigerators with ice makers are the common culprits for water damage, typically due to the soft plastic tubing that runs water into the ice maker and drains it away. Because most of us do not check behind and under our refrigerators regularly, this problem can become severe before it is ever noticed.
Dishwashers are another appliance that does not get moved often, with most homeowners noticing softness in their floor before they realize there is a water damage problem afoot. Additionally, if the dishwasher is an older model, water damage may not be covered by insurance.
Washing machines use quite a bit of water, making their hoses more likely to fail and cause leakage that can go unnoticed. It is recommended to check your machine’s hoses once a month, and replace every five years even if there is no sign of outward deterioration.
Air conditioners build up condensation as they run, which is typically drained away in an operational system. However, issues with the drain pan and line such as leaks or clogs can cause issues to arise around your unit. Checking in on your HVAC system and performing regular maintenance is the best way to prevent this.
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.