Simple Tips To Prevent Water Damage From Home Appliances

leaky applianceWhen thinking about ways to prevent water damage, don’t overlook home appliances. While ruptured water supply lines are certainly a major cause of indoor flooding, appliances connected to those pipes also contribute to the risk of household water damage.

How to prevent water damage

To prevent water damage, be aware of the condition of these common appliances, follow manufacturer’s recommendations for regular maintenance and keep the following tips in mind:

Washing Machine – Washers usually come standard with rubber water supply hoses. Over time, they become brittle, crack and may rupture without warning. Make it a habit to replace rubber washer supply hoses every five years. Even better, replace them with braided stainless steel supply lines, instead, that have longer service life. Another preventive measure: Don’t start a load in the washer and then leave the house. If you’re going to be away for an extended time, turn off the water supply to the washer at the valves on the wall behind it.

Dishwasher – Dishwasher water supply is under household pressure of 40 p.s.i. or higher—enough to cause water damage like any broken pipe elsewhere in the home. Early signs of dishwasher leaks often occur at plumbing connections that are out of sight beneath or behind the unit. It’s a good idea to remove the front kick plate two or thee times a year and look underneath the dishwasher with a flashlight for dripping or other signs of water. Check both while the unit is off and also while it’s filling.

Refrigerator – The 1/4-inch plastic or copper water tube that supplies the icemaker with fresh water connects to the rear of the refrigerator. If the unit is shoved too close to the wall, a plastic tube may be crushed or otherwise damaged and leak. If the refrigerator’s pulled too far away and over-stresses the supply tube, the connection may leak or totally detach and flood the kitchen. Be careful when moving the refrigerator and always check behind the unit for leakage when you do.


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