Water damage can happen in many ways, which is why it is one of the most common causes of property damage. Natural sources like excessive rainfall and flooding are common sources of water damage, but with the proper maintenance, you can reduce the risk of your home or building from being affected by precipitation and excess water. There are also internal issues that can result in properties suffering water damage that can happen at virtually any time. One such issue is leaking or malfunctioning appliances.
From water heaters to washing machines, there are various appliances in a home or building that can increase the potential for flooding and other kinds of water damage. These appliances need to be inspected on a regular basis to prevent issues and failures that could lead to leaks and damage from water.
Continue reading to learn more about what appliances are prone to causing water damage.
Washing Machine Water Damage
Given the amount of water a washing machine uses, it’s no surprise that this appliance can easily cause water damage. If the clamps and hoses for the machine are leaking or damaged in any way, then the water will not accumulate where you want it. Instead of being transported to the machine, the water will leak and pool outside of it.
If there is any sign of damage for the hoses or the machine itself, take the time to repair the damage or replace broken parts. Signs for concern include leaks and cracks and, for the machine, rust. Inspections should be done monthly, and hoses should be replaced every five years to prevent such problems. A replacement should be installed regardless of the condition of the hoses.
Dishwasher Water Damage
Similar to washing machines, dishwashers can malfunction because of their hoses, switches, and valves. If these components cause a leak, whether due to a loose plumbing connection or something else, then some of the water will buildup in the kitchen instead of remaining within the dishwasher itself. Even the mistake of using too much detergent can cause a water overflow.
If you find a puddle of water forming on the floor near your dishwasher, respond immediately. Without prompt action, the excess water will become absorbed by porous materials, leading to property damage.
Even if your dishwasher is in seemingly good condition, these appliances are only meant to last for a decade. So, if your home’s dishwasher is nearing or past that age, it is in your best interest to get a replacement. You do not want to wait for there to be an issue to invest in a functioning, up-to-date dishwasher.
Refrigerator Water Damage
Leaking refrigerators can be a problem and cause water damage if the door seal is ineffective, if there is an issue with the icemaker, or if the defrost drain has become clogged or frozen.
An ineffective seal will prevent a fridge from keeping its contents cool, prompting condensation to form. The condensation can then leak and accumulate outside of the fridge. The longer this sealing issue persists, the more water that will pool up. Check that the rubber seals for your refrigerator doors are tight and secure.
If the waterline or hose for your fridge is loose or damaged, then you can experience problems with the icemaker. Check that those connections are solid as well.
Most commonly, however, leaking refrigerators become an issue when the defrost drain needs to be thawed and/or unclogged. Any ice buildup within the drain must be thawed and flushed out so that the excess water is eliminated and cannot cause further concerns.
Air Conditioning Unit Water Damage
When your building’s air conditioning unit is running, it produces moisture. Condensation forms on the evaporator coil and should go into a drain pan and out through a drain line. However, a damaged unit can cause leaks. A clogged drain line, dirty air filter, damaged drain pan, or a broken condensate pump are all examples of things that can lead to water damage.
To prevent this, make sure your air conditioning unit gets inspected by a professional at least once per year.
Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters can become corroded, and experience mineral buildup as everyday use wears down the heater. These issues can result in a leak, causing your floor to become flooded with the water once held by the heater. Having your hot water heater inspected by a professional every year can reduce the potential for such a problem. If you have had the heater for 10 years or more, then it is advised you invest in a replacement.
Professional Water Damage Restoration Services Throughout L.A. County
Whether you are dealing with water damage due to a leaking refrigerator, a leaking water heater, or another issue, it is imperative that you seek professional help as soon as possible.
The longer that water damage goes untreated, the worse it will become. Porous building materials and furnishings will absorb the excess water, allowing the moisture to spread elsewhere within your property. With enough time, affected materials can suffer structural damage and become the site of mold growth.
ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell can help with your water damage emergency through the professional water damage restoration and flood cleanup services we offer to homes and businesses in Azusa, CA, and the neighboring areas. Our professional technicians have the expertise and equipment needed to dry, clean, and restore your property to its former condition.
We are available to provide water damage restoration and flood cleanup services on a 24/7 basis. Contact us at (626) 963-4048 for more information.