Watch Your Appliances for Leaks to Prevent Water Damage
The fresh smell of clean laundry, the crash of newly formed ice cubes, clean dishes warm from the dishwasher…the list of appliances in our home that make our lives easier can go on and on. While the benefits from appliances are great, they can also lead to extreme water damage.
Water problems are a common cause of damage in homes, especially with the variety of ways the issues can originate. When an appliance leaks, it can be challenging to catch quickly, which means it could cause serious damage.
The good news? With a few simple steps, you can find and correct problems before they lead to the need for costly repairs. All while still enjoying a cold cup of water.
In order to prevent water damage, you have to find it. Checking for it often is the best way to correct issues, and that can be as easy as running your hand around appliances when you walk by to watch for excess moisture.
Refrigerators and dishwashers can often have leaks underneath them, so always note unexplained water drops or soft spots on the floor. Pull both of these appliances out at least once a year and clean around them. Look for mold growth on the walls surrounding them as another indicator that there is a problem.
You should have your HVAC professionally serviced at least once a year and check for signs of hidden leaks regularly. Watch vents for water droplets or excess moisture, and look for puddles around the unit itself. These are both signs there could be a larger leak somewhere in your home leading to mold or structural damages.
Remember to take care of the water heater just the same as the rest of your appliances. This is a common source of leaking issues. Check it often to catch and correct issues.
Yearly or Long-Term Maintenance
Weekly or even monthly maintenance goes a long way in protecting your home, but long-term care is also crucial for preventing extreme damage. Check your appliances’ manufacturer guidelines and schedule professional maintenance as needed, and take some steps on your own as well.
Visually look at and feel hoses on your refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. If they are kinked, peeling, or have holes, you should replace them with quality materials in order to extend their overall lifespan.
Plan to upgrade your appliances every 10 to 15 years in order to have the safest items in your home.
Appliance leaks can seem small and unimportant, but they can quickly lead to extreme damage and costly repairs. Get used to watching for water issues regularly, and maintain your appliances often. Enjoy the simple luxuries of life and rest easy knowing your home is safe.
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