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What to Know About Appliance Water Leaks | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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Water is vital to life! Not only do we need water to drink, but we also use it every day in our homes to make food, wash clothes and dishes, and even to make ice that chills our drinks. Because water is so essential, there is always the risk of experiencing water damage.

The large appliances that you have in your home are one of the main culprits for water damage. If they break, malfunction or experience a leak, they can cause everything from a minor puddle all the way up to a full disaster.

Learning what to look for and understanding how to maintain your appliances can help you reduce your risk of experiencing water damage in your home.

Maintenance Necessities

Many water damage scenarios can actually be prevented if you are proactive about checking your appliances regularly. Whenever you walk by your fridge, dishwasher and washing machine, check around them for signs of water or an unexplained puddle.

If a water leak occurs underneath your appliance, it can be hard to spot until it is too late. Consider installing a water sensor underneath your dishwasher or washing machine, and pull them away from the wall at least once a year to clean and check for signs of water damage.

Your HVAC system also needs a little TLC regularly in order for it to function the way it should. Have it serviced by a technician once a year, and give it a routine inspection yourself whenever you are in your utility room. Check under and around it for signs of moisture or puddles near the vents.

Another appliance that is at risk of causing water damage is your water heater! Follow these same tips, and give it a thorough inspection and cleaning every year.

Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

Having a professional service your appliances every year is a sure-fire way to ensure your appliances are being taken care of and maintained. However, many simple tasks can be handled on your own with some basic homeowner skills!

Checking hoses and seals around your fridge, washing machine and other appliances for wear and tear is a good place to start. Any holes or kinked tubing indicates a potential problem and should be replaced.

Aim for high-quality parts to get the most out of your money, and always do your research to fully understand how to DIY so you don’t install them incorrectly. These simple steps can help prevent a larger issue from occurring—and your home can stay nice and dry!

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night.

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