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How Hidden Water Leaks Can Surface From Appliances | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

An appliance leak. A leaky appliance can lead to frustration.

Water damage is an increasingly common problem, but did you know that one of the most common causes of water leaks comes from right inside the home?

Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines utilize large volumes of water each day, leading to water damage that often remains hidden for a while before homeowners are ever made aware. Fortunately, we’ve got the guide to help you check and prevent leaks from getting out of hand.

Common Appliances That Lead to Water Damage

Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters are typically designed to last for up to 15 years, but leaks can begin much earlier. Because of their design, faulty materials or installation can cause the heater’s elements to break down over time. Staying aware of how it’s operating and replacing on schedule is important for prevention.

Refrigerator
The most common type of water line that runs to a refrigerator is a kind made of bendable plastic, which is a material prone to tears and sealant issues. Because of this, hidden leaks can arise. Due to the fact that refrigerators are rarely moved, these leaks can go on for a long time before homeowners are aware. Regular inspections are the best prevention method.

Dishwasher
Along the same vein, dishwashers are typically only moved when they need replacement, which can reveal water damage years in the making. Make a point to check behind yours often, especially because there are many situations where water damage is not covered by insurance and it is better to catch it early to avoid serious issues.

Washing Machine
Washing machines are one of the most common places for homeowners to get leaks. They are so prone to them that experts recommend checking their hoses for leaks once a month at minimum. The hoses should also be replaced every five years regardless of if they have visible aging.

Air Conditioner
HVAC units commonly create condensation, and as long as they are draining properly, there is no cause for concern. Unfortunately, once an issue arises with this system, water can become backlogged in and around the unit and cause damage. Keeping up with your recommended maintenance is the best prevention method, as well as checking the unit for anything amiss.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

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