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How an Unexpected Kitchen Flood Can Impact Your Home

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Because any number of water sources exist in your kitchen, the risks of a serious kitchen flood are considerable. From the hot and cold water supply lines to the dishwasher, to the icemaker and water filters, potential sources of water damage are everywhere.

dishwasher leakElectrical appliances, flooring, counters and cabinets, and even structural components are at risk from a kitchen flood. Water seeping behind cabinets and beneath molding into wall voids may spawn covert toxic mold growth that later becomes a household health issue.

Here are the usual suspects for a kitchen flood:

  • Water supply lines beneath the kitchen sink installed at original construction may not be high quality. These lines connecting the hot and cold water tap to shutoff valves may be plastic or some other material that degrades with age. A sudden supply line rupture can leak hundreds of gallons of water. Consider upgrading to higher quality stainless steel sink water supply lines.
  • Dishwasher water supply connections may work loose over the years from vibration. Because these lines and connections are out of sight, leakage that precedes a major failure may go unnoticed. The dishwasher itself can be an issue if a defective drain valve causes an overflow or corrosion spawns leaks in the dishwasher tub.
  • An icemaker leak will usually present as water flowing from a faulty fitting behind the refrigerator. Internal leaks can flood the interior of the refrigerator, seeping out through the door seal or inundate the kitchen when you open the door.
  • Water leakage at filtration canisters beneath the sink is most often the result of defective canister O-rings. While usually not a cause of acute water damage, chronic dripping from these sources can deteriorate cabinets and flooring and spawn mold growth.

For professional water damage recovery after a kitchen flood, contact Rytech, Inc. 

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