Water Damage and Your Appliances | SERVPRO of Bartow County
You may not think about it, but you rely on water for almost every household task every single day! Throwing in a load of laundry, running the dishwasher, cooking dinner and even chilling your afternoon drink with ice all require water. We are thankful to have appliances to help us with these tasks, but they also are all at risk of causing water damage in your home.
Water damage problems can happen at any point, but it can be particularly challenging when it occurs due to an appliance malfunction.
By staying attentive and learning what to look for, you can stop a small water problem before it becomes a big issue.
Helpful Maintenance Tasks
The most reliable way to prevent water damage is to look for signs of unwanted water often. Checking for moisture around appliances and looking for water spots can help catch an issue quickly.
It can be obvious if the water or puddle is right in front of your eyes, but it can be hard to catch if it is happening under your appliances. Investigate any suspicious water drops or a soft spot in your floor right away, and pull your appliances away from the wall often to check behind them. Mold and water spots are an indication of a water leak somewhere.
Your entire HVAC unit also needs some regular attention. Check around the vents for moisture and keep an eye out for puddles around the main unit. These are both indications of an emerging problem that could lead to water damage and mold growth throughout your home.
Don’t leave out your water heater! This large appliance has a vital role in your home, so keeping up with routine maintenance on it ensures your showers stay hot and your home stays dry.
Being proactive against any emerging water troubles can help prevent extensive damages. In addition, you should also have your appliances maintained and serviced regularly according to the manufacturer guidelines. Sometimes a professional is needed, but you can handle simple repairs on your own.
Things like replacing parts on your fridge, washing machine and dishwasher can reduce your risk of a malfunction. Swapping out seals, tubes and pipelines helps avoid wear and tear and potential water damage.
When you head to the hardware store, choose reliable parts from brands you trust, and consider completely replacing your appliances every 10 to 15 years. This ensures you always have the safest and most efficient products in your house.
Even though an appliance leak may seem like a small problem, it can eventually become a big one if it isn’t corrected quickly. Keep your home safe and dry by staying on top of your maintenance routine!
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