Stop Appliance-Caused Water Damage Before It Starts | SERVPRO® of Romulus
Water damage from any source is a frustrating situation for homeowners, but water damage from regular household appliances can come as an extra surprise.
Because of the nature of appliances, many of them hide damage for an extended period of time before it is discovered. Thankfully, homeowners can easily prevent this from becoming severe by doing regular checks.
The Household Appliances to Check for Leaks Often
Hot Water Heater
A hot water heater will generally last for up to 15 years according to the manufacturer, but the hoses and pipes connected to it may start leaking much earlier than this in some cases. Doing a full inspection of your unit and the walls and floor surrounding it often can help you catch this early before it causes any serious problems.
Water damage from refrigerators can persist for a long time before it is ever discovered due to how rarely they are moved from the wall. The tubing that connects the fridge to a house’s water lines is generally a fragile plastic that is prone to tears. While it is a hassle, pulling the fridge away from the wall with regularity is a wise move to keep this from escalating.
Just as with refrigerators, dishwashers are rarely moved and are even more prone to leaks due to the large volume of water they move. Many homeowners have found that they lack insurance coverage for dishwasher-created leaks as well, making this a vital thing to check up on before the damage becomes severe.
Washing machine hoses are notorious for leaks—it is even recommended to inspect them each month because they have such a reputation for causing damage. Even without clear wear and tear, they should be replaced every five years to ensure they do not have extensive issues.
The condensation that builds up while the air conditioning unit runs is generally a small amount that is quickly drained away. When issues to the drain system arise, however, there can be issues that cause water damage to the unit as well as surrounding structures. Performing your regular HVAC maintenance as recommended is the best preventative, as well as checking it regularly when it is running often for performance issues.
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.