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Appliance Failure Resulting in Water Damage

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Washing machine failures are one of the leading causes of water damage in a home.

Any appliance that holds water, like washing machines, ice machines, dishwashers, and more, should be examined on an annual basis. If left unchecked, what might start as a slow leak or drip could eventually lead to a much bigger problem, potentially leading to mold infestation or household flooding, causing destruction and water damages in your home.

Washing Machine Overflow

Washing machine failures are one of the leading causes of water damage in a home. The primary cause of water damage from washing machines is with faulty or burst supply lines. Check them often and look for signs of failure, such as blisters in the hose, worn tubing and loose fittings. Washing machine supply lines are pressurized, so even a small leak can flood the house in minutes. Some failures begin on the inside and may not be noticeable until it's too late. Always turn off the water valves to the washing machine if you will be away for a few days. Finally, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce the risk of other types of washing machine related water damage. Never overload a machine, always use the type of detergent specifically designed for your machine, and only operate washing machines while someone is home.

Refrigerator and Ice Maker Failure

There are at least a few possible causes of your leaking refrigerator and ice maker, including: a clogged or frozen defrost drain; damaged or loose water lines; damaged water tank assembly and water filter housing; and a damaged or rusted drain pan. Any time that you have pressurized lines bringing water into an appliance, those supply lines should be checked on a regular basis. Make sure that all fittings are tightened and that there is no damage to the lines themselves.

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