The Importance of Checking Appliances for Water Leaks | SERVPRO® of East Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville
Homeowners have to be on guard for water damage from a variety of sources, but did you know that the cause of severe damages could be lurking right in your home?
Appliances that we use every day are piping water into and out of the house, creating a prime opportunity for faulty hoses and seals to create hidden leaks. The good news is that this can be prevented with a bit of maintenance and regular inspections to ensure there are no leaks sneaking up on you.
Hot Water Heater
With a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, most modern hot water heaters do not have to be replaced as frequently as older models did. However, water damage is still possible due to leaks that can start earlier because of installation issues. Keep a close eye on the appearance and performance of your unit.
The tubing that an ice maker uses to pull water into the refrigerator can give rise to many problems at it is typically constructed of malleable plastic, and this issue can compound given that refrigerators are rarely moved. Making a point to inspect under and behind yours often can alert you to any hidden leaks before they begin causing serious damage behind your fridge.
Dishwashers are another appliance that are not moved regularly and can hide leaks well. While dishwashers can last for years, older models that cause water damage may not be covered by insurance depending on the situation. As with the fridge, checking regularly is the best way to prevent any leaks from getting out of hand.
Washing machine leaks are such a common problem that it is recommended to check their hoses as frequently as once a month to guard against wear and tear. Even with regular checks, exercise caution by replacing these hoses every five years regardless of if they appear worn.
As long as the air conditioning unit’s draining mechanisms are operational, the condensation it creates is drained away. However, if there is a malfunction, water can build up in and around the unit, soaking everything in the area. As units are often secluded, it is wise to check on them often and perform the regular inspection and maintenance as advised by the manufacturer.