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Five Home Appliances That Could Cause Water Damage

2023-11-22 19:10


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  • Why is your water heater leaking? A leaking water heater can cause major water damage to your home.

    Just about every home has multiple appliances today. From a simple toaster to an air fryer to an all-in-one washer dryer combo, these wonderful inventions make our homes and our lives a little more comfortable. But when these modern conveniences break down, not only can it be a headache to replace them, but it can also cause some major structural problems for your property.  Here are the most common household appliances that can cause water damage.

    Five Home Appliances That Could Cause Water Damage

    Refrigerator: We depend on our refrigerators to keep food fresh and drinks cold. When you see water under your fridge, researchers say you should check it out immediately as it could be a sign that you have a leak in your refrigerator. According to Home and Gardens, a blocked defrost drain, clogged water supply, faulty seal, or even something as simple as the fridge not sitting level can cause a leak. All of this can lead to water damage if the leak is not attended to properly.

    Dishwasher: When you notice water puddling on the floor by your dishwasher, don’t ignore it. The professionals at Maytag warn there are several reasons, and ways, a dishwasher can leak. Dishwashers are connected to water lines and any of the hoses and valves could break or wear down and cause a water leak. A damaged seal, latch, or gasket could also leak water. Water damage caused by dishwashers is quite common.

    Hot Water Heater: An old water heater is more likely to spring a leak. If you notice water pooling under your hot water heater, the experts at Forbes advise you to take care of this problem immediately. There are several reasons why a hot water heater can spring a leak including age, a loose drain valve, excess pressure, loose connections, and a cracked storage tank. Water heaters hold several gallons of water, and when one begins to leak it can cause considerable water damage to your floors, walls, and furniture. Do not ignore a leaking hot water heater.

    Washing Machine: Your washing machine is another appliance that depends on water to operate. Loose water hoses, faulty door seals, and sitting on an unlevel surface are all reasons cited by Whirlpool for why your washing machine is leaking water. Water from a leaking washing machine can damage your floors and walls and be very costly.

    Air Conditioner/HVAC: There are several reasons why an air conditioner/HVAC could leak. Mitsubishi Electric lists old pipes, piled-up mold and fungus, leaking refrigerant, bad installation, and dirty air filters as some of the reasons your AC/HVAC could be leaking. Ignoring a leaking AC unit can lead to water damage both inside and outside of your home.

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