Recognizing Water Damage From Your Appliances | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights and Downtown San Antonio
You never want to be betrayed by your home’s appliances! You use them all day to accomplish the important tasks of doing the dishes, cleaning clothes and even chilling your drink with ice. But we all know that a single malfunction or leak from your appliances can lead to widespread and frustrating water damage.
Water damage can occur anywhere in our homes, but the risk is definitely higher wherever an appliance with a water component is located.
By being proactive and looking for damage, you can identify issues as they are beginning and put a stop to it! This can save you valuable time and money during the recovery process.
Catching a problem as it is happening is the best way to prevent long-term damage. Start getting in the habit of looking for signs of water every time you pass by your appliances!
While a puddle right in front of your fridge is an obvious sign, it can be harder to spot if the leak originates under your machines. Because of that, it is important to pull your appliances away from the wall when you are doing a deep clean of your house! This allows you to clean behind them while also looking for signs of water damage. Mold and discolored walls are signs of a leak or problem spot somewhere.
Another part of your home that could cause water issues is your HVAC system! It should be serviced annually to ensure it is in good working order, and you should also give it a once-over regularly to check for moisture. Signs of moisture include water coming from your vents or a puddle anywhere near your system.
Don’t forget about one of the most important appliances in your home—your water heater! Water is constantly cycling through this appliance, so you should be checking it regularly as well for signs of damage or wear and tear.
Keeping a close eye on your machines is important, but so is routine maintenance! Most appliances have a maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer, so you should be keeping up with it to ensure your appliances remain in good condition.
In addition, you should be checking areas like your hoses and tubing coming from your fridge, dishwasher and washing machine on your own. These parts are vulnerable to holes, kinks, and general wear and tear. If you notice signs of deterioration, it’s time to replace them.
Replace them promptly with high-quality parts, and when it comes time to replace your appliances, don’t put it off! Older and outdated appliances tend to have a higher risk of malfunctioning or leaking.
Any type of water leak has the potential to cause a lot of damage. By taking charge and maintaining your appliances, you can significantly lower your risk of suffering home damage
Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night.