What’s one of the most at-risk areas for home water damage? The kitchen. Kitchens are one of the most common household areas that are at risk of water damage. With sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, exposed pipes, and those pesky spray hoses, water disasters aren’t uncommon. Most water damage incidents that arise in the kitchen are preventable. In that spirit, take a look at these tips to prevent water leaks in your Macon home.
The words “dishwasher” and “broken” go together much too often. We’ve all had our fair share of dishwasher difficulties, making our tolerance for mishaps plummet. When dishwasher malfunctions (or is run improperly) not only can surrounding floorboards and cabinets be affected, but utensils and cookware can be damaged and may need to be disposed of. To prevent water damage from dishwashers, follow these steps:
- Make a goal to run the dishwasher only when someone is home. If anything goes wrong, the water line can be stopped in minutes.
- Check your hoses regularly. Deterioration will allow water to seep out, causing structural damage. Some equipment comes with a company-offered warranty. If it’s before the hose’s useful life is up, you may be able to replace your dishwasher hoses for free. As an alternative option, you can pick up a sturdy braided hose at a Macon hardware store.
- Check frequently for loose debris around the dishwasher’s seal and pump. Occasionally, bits of food will sneak into these areas, making it easier for water to leak. If the pump is clogged, water won’t be able to drain properly and could cause flooding in a few hours.
The seemingly complicated network of pipes and lines under the sink may look overwhelming, but the practice of keeping everything in good working order is simple.
- Pay attention to your water pressure. If there is something wrong, issues may be manifest in decreased pressure.
- Look for leaks. Although it may be tempting to grab an unused pot, this temporary solution doesn’t do anything to fix the real damage. If you’ve spotted a leak, call a professional in before water damage occurs.
- Regularly inspect hardware. It only takes a minute or two every few months to glance under the sink and check for deterioration.
The problem with water damage from a fridge is it’s hard to spot. Since water supply lines are located between the back wall and the appliance, issues usually aren’t realized until half the floor is wet. Follow these tips to ensure a leak-free refrigerator:
- Cut wood stopping blocks to use behind your fridge. Since most connectors and hoses are located in the rear of the fridge, extensive movement can crush delicate pipelines. If a hose crimps, it can accumulate microscopic holes. Simply place wooden blocks behind your fridge to prevent sliding. They should be just longer than the length of the water line.
- Invest in a water alarm. Small water-sensing devices can be purchased to alert you of any standing water. Small electrodes sense contact with water and will beep (for better or worse) to help you discover any potential problems.
Follow these tips to cut down and eliminate water damage risk. However, if you are reading this thinking, “I wish I would’ve known this yesterday!”, give Southeast Restoration in Macon a call.