Prevent Hidden Water Damage From Appliances | SERVPRO® of East Erie County
External factors, such as storms and floods, can often cause water damage to homes. However, factors inside the home can lead to issues as well, with a common culprit of this being appliances.
Appliance water damage is typically surprising, as appliances may not show any outward issues and are not frequently moved. That is why we encourage homeowners to be aware of the appliances that typically cause damage and how frequently to inspect them.
Common Appliances That Cause Water Damage
Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters have a shorter lifespan than most people realize, requiring a replacement every 10 to 15 years. On top of that, leaks can often start long before their lifespan is up, making them quite difficult to predict. In addition to replacing your hot water heater on time, check it regularly for leaks and other issues to prevent damages.
A refrigerator’s ice maker will utilize quite a bit of water in its lifetime, but the flexible plastic piping that is typically installed with the fridge is not always built to last. As microscopic tears develop, water can begin to pool under the fridge, causing structural damage before individuals are aware. Make a point of doing a regular inspection behind the fridge just in case.
It is rare that dishwashers are moved if they are not being replaced, but homeowners should make sure they make it a habit to inspect behind theirs regularly. Insurance often denies coverage for water damage caused by old dishwashers, so it is wise to check them often and to replace at the first sign of wear.
The water usage of a washing machine is high, and the hoses that run to them are known to leak regularly. Due to this, it is recommended to check these hoses as often as every month, with a replacement being due every five years regardless of if they appear damaged.
Condensation from an air conditioning unit is perfectly normal, and it is typically drained away without issue. However, if there is an issue with a water line or a drainpipe, big problems can surface. Having your unit’s maintenance done on schedule and checking often for any leaks or abnormal water seepage is wise to prevent this from becoming a much larger issue.
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 SERVPRO of East Erie County to learn how we can help.