How to Avoid Water Damage from Leaky Appliances

There are many different causes of water damage, and it’s not always from big events like storms or busted pipes. Water damage can happen from leaky appliances and can often go unnoticed for some time. Your washing machine, dishwasher and AC unit could get leaks or malfunction leading to water damage and even mold. We suggest you check your appliances for any leaks in order to prevent and avoid water damage.

Check under your appliances

Do a quick check under all of your appliances. Any signs of dampness or mold/mildew could indicate a leak or problem. While your at it, check to ensure your appliances are properly balanced on the floor. Unbalanced appliances can also cause leaks or could cause your appliance to break.

Check water supply tubes

Appliances that use water have water supply tubes located in the back. These tubes can wear out over time, get cracks, or even rupture, causing unwanted water damage. Check the tubes on your appliances for any signs of wear and tear. Also check to make sure these tubes have enough room behind your appliances and aren’t being squished. Any kinks can wear on the tubes and cause them to break. You can also replace plastic tubing with a more durable stainless steal tubing to prevent any cracking or breaking of the tubes.

Use correct soap

Check your appliance instructions for the correct soap to use in your dishwasher and washing machine. Using the wrong soap could cause excessive soap suds causing your appliance to overfill and cause water damage.

Check AC units and water heaters

AC units and water heaters can collect debris over time. If debris buildup is not cleaned out, it could cause your appliances to malfunction or leak, leading to water damage. You can prevent this debris buildup by draining some of the water out or flushing out the appliance. Check your appliance for directions on how to drain the unit or call appliance manufacturer.

Consider an appliance upgrade

Old appliances risk breaking down or having other issues such as cracked or broken structures. These out of date appliances also risk causing unwanted leaks. Consider upgrading your old appliances to avoid possible breakdowns and water damage.

Checking, fixing, or upgrading your appliances now can help prevent serious water damage inside your house. While doing these checks, if any of your appliances are showing signs of leaking and have caused water damage, call the water damage restoration professionals: Good Times Restoration. We are available 24/7 for emergency response; here to serve you and bring you back to good times.

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