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4 Appliances That Might Cause Water Damage

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Washing machines are some of the most common culprits behind water damages.

We get it—water damage is the last thing anyone thinks about. After all, we’re less likely to prepare for a potential disaster than we are for an impending disaster. But the fact remains: about 1 in 50 insured homes have a water damage or freezing claim each year. So even if you don’t plan on preparing, it’s a good idea to at least be aware of potential incidents. So this week we’ll look at appliances and the ones likely to be behind the next water damage.

  1. Hot Water Heaters. We all like hot showers, but your water heater has the potential to flood your home with gallons of steaming water. As the heater ages, it begins to wear down, creating opportunities for it to leak or burst. Occasional inspections of this appliance can potentially prevent substantial damage to your home.

  1. Dishwasher. Your dishwasher might be a timesaver, but if it leaks, you’ll spend time and money trying to address it. In most cases, the door isn’t properly sealing the water inside; however, there could be other issues that might need to be addressed. As with the heater, it’s important to pay attention to any potential issues before you have a mess!

  1. Washing Machine. Your washing machine can have some of the same problems as your dishwasher. If parts age or are incorrectly installed, water can leak and do a number on your home. Like the appliances above, it requires occasional inspection and attention to any potential issues.

  1. Ice Maker. We all love iced beverages, which is why ice makers are so convenient. What’s not convenient, however, is when it leaks water and creates a breeding ground for mold or makes your hardwood floors buckle. These machines can leak for a number of reasons, but some of the most common culprits are age or damaged parts.

As you can see, your appliances—while great for improving your quality of life—have the potential to do serious damage to your home. While disasters can’t always be prevented, it helps to know where they can occur and how to respond. So if you have water damage in your home, call our disaster restoration team here at SERVPRO of Catawba County East.

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