Household Appliances Most Likely to Cause Water Damage
Certain appliances or systems in your home or business can increase your risk of flooding and/or water damage. Listed below are the top five sources of water damage culprits that you should be aware of.
Hot Water Heater
Among the top five sources leading to water damage is your hot water heater. A small investment in an annual inspection will help prevent the chance of leaks and the expensive repairs that come with it. Be attentive to corrosion and other factors as your heater ages and replace it every 10 years. Keep in mind that after 12 years 75% of water heaters will fail. Flushing the tank every 6 months to remove sediment is a good maintenance practice.
Installing a drainpipe will remove the overflowing water and direct it outside or to a household sewer; this is an alternative to using a drain pan, which will only help contain a small amount in the event of a leak. Attic air conditioners typically cause the most damage because water can leak throughout the entire home affecting multiple rooms from top down. Be aware that the average cost of flooding damage from an air conditioning leak is roughly $5,000.
Leaks around, or clamps on, the water hose are a warning sign of future failure. Do a monthly personal inspection on your hoses to look out for cracking, dryness or rust. Make sure you are leaving space between the machine and the wall for movement as the wash cycle is running. Replace your hoses every five years despite their outward appearance. Don’t forget to follow your washing machine instructions and turn off water supply when you leave home for extended periods. 78 percent of hose failures occur in an appliance that is less than 11 years old.
The most common cause of a leaky refrigerator is the defrost drain experiencing a freeze or clog. Improper sealing can cause excess condensation. Check the rubber seals along the door to assure a tight close. Inspect you ice maker by checking the hose or waterline to assure they are connected properly and that there are no visible cracks.
Hoses, valves or switches are all plumbing connections and can all your dishwasher to malfunction causing water damage issues. Refrain from adding too much detergent to each cycle and if your dishwater is more than 9 years old it may be time for a replacement.
If you suffer water damage from any of these common household appliances do not hesitate to call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for emergency services. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.