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The Basics on Appliance Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Hayward

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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We rely on water to help us perform so many everyday tasks! Running the washing machine, washing dishes, giving your kids a bath and providing ice to chill your drink are just some of the ways water is used in the home.

Because water is so prevalent in our lives, the risk of water damage is always present. Any appliance that uses water to function runs the risk of causing water damage when it malfunctions.

Learning what to look for when it comes to potential water damage can help you protect your appliances and your home from costly and extensive water troubles.

Maintaining Your Appliances

The best way to reduce your risk of water damage is to be proactive about your appliance maintenance! Whenever you pass by or use appliances like your dishwasher, fridge or washing machine, check the floor for water or puddles near the units.

Sometimes, leaks can go unnoticed underneath your refrigerator or dishwasher, so be cautious about any soft spots in the floor or an unexplained puddle. It is also important to pull the bigger appliances away from the wall once a year to clean them and check for signs of water damage or mold growth.

One system that should be addressed often is your HVAC system! It should be serviced once a year to make sure it is in good condition, and you should give it an inspection to look for moisture near the vents or under the unit often. Whenever water is present where it shouldn’t be, it can be a sign of a potential appliance malfunction.

Your water heater is also a large appliance that could experience water issues! Don’t forget to check around it as well and give it a thorough inspection every year.

Long-Term Maintenance Tasks

In addition to staying on top of any emerging issues, it is important to get your appliances serviced regularly, depending on the recommendation of the manufacturer. If you feel more comfortable with a professional, give them a call! Otherwise, there are some things you can do on your own as well.

Check the hoses and other tubes leading from your fridge, washing machine and other appliances. Holes or kinks can be a sign of a potential problem, so replace them right away to avoid an issue from occurring.

When you head to the store to find replacement parts, choose high-quality parts that will last for a long time. As your appliances age, consider replacing them completely to have the safest products throughout your house. Keep your home safe by being proactive about leaks and maintaining your appliances.

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night.

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