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Types of Water Damage From Appliances

10/6/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by household appliances can be both unexpected and immensely disruptive. From leaking washing machines and dishwashers to malfunctioning water heaters, these incidents can wreak havoc on your home, leading to structural damage, mold growth, and compromised possessions.

The silent and gradual nature of appliance-related water leaks often means that significant damage can occur before you even notice the problem. Understanding the common causes, signs, and preventive measures related to water damage from appliances is essential for every homeowner.

We're here to let you know about the various aspects of appliance-induced water damage and how we can help with water damage restoration.

Water Damage From the Refrigerator

Water damage from a refrigerator can occur due to various reasons, often leading to significant issues if not addressed promptly. The common signs and causes include:

  1. Leaking Water: One of the most obvious signs of refrigerator-related water damage is the presence of water pooling around the appliance. This could result from a damaged or clogged defrost drain, a malfunctioning water supply line, or even a blocked or frozen ice maker.
  2. Damaged or Loose Water Supply Line: The water supply line that connects the refrigerator to the main source can degrade over time. If it's damaged or not properly connected, it can leak water onto the floor behind the refrigerator, leading to water damage and electrical issues.
  3. Clogged Defrost Drain: Refrigerators have a defrost drain to remove condensation. If this drain becomes clogged with food particles or ice, it can cause water to accumulate inside the refrigerator and leak onto the floor.
  4. Malfunctioning Ice Maker: If the ice maker in the fridge is not functioning correctly, it can lead to leaks. Sometimes, the fill tube that supplies water to the ice maker can freeze or become misaligned, causing water to spill into the freezer or fridge compartments.
  5. Condensation: Condensation inside the refrigerator, especially around the door seals, is normal. However, excessive condensation might indicate a problem with the door seals or improper temperature settings, potentially leading to water damage.
  6. Faulty Drain Pan: Refrigerators have a drain pan underneath to collect condensation and defrost water. If this pan is cracked or not positioned correctly, it can leak water onto the floor.
  7. Worn Out Seals: The rubber gaskets or seals around the fridge and freeze doors are essential for maintaining a proper seal. If these seals are worn out, damaged, or dirty, they can allow warm air to enter, leading to condensation and water accumulation.

Regular maintenance, such as cleaning the defrost drain, inspecting water supply lines, and ensuring proper door seals, can help prevent water damage.

Water Damage From the Dishwasher

Water damage from a dishwasher can stem from various sources, often presenting noticeable signs that should not be ignored. A common indicator is leaking water around the dishwasher during or after the cycle, which could result from a damaged door gasket, a loose or worn-out hose, or a faulty pump.

  • Improper loading of dishes can obstruct the spray arm's rotation, causing water to spray erratically, potentially leaking out of the appliance.
  • Clogged or malfunctioning drain systems can lead to standing water inside the dishwasher, causing overflows and subsequent damage to the surrounding area.
  • Deteriorated or disconnected water supply lines are another frequent cause, often resulting in significant leaks if not addressed promptly.
  • Excessive detergent use or using the wrong type can create suds that overflow and spill out of the dishwasher.

It's crucial to address these signs promptly to prevent water damage to the flooring, cabinets, and adjacent structures, as well as avoid mold growth and mildew in the affected area. Regular maintenance, proper loading techniques, and timely repairs can significantly reduce the risk of water damage from your dishwasher.

Water Damage From the Washing Machine

Water damage caused by washing machines can manifest in various ways, often accompanied by distinct signs that should alert homeowners to potential issues.

  • One common indication is water leakage around the machine during or after a cycle, which can result from damaged hoses, loose fittings, or worn-out seals.
  • Overfilling or improper balancing of the washing machine can lead to excessive vibrations during the spin cycle, causing the machine to shift and release water onto the flood.
  • Clogged or blocked drainage pipes and pumps can prevent proper water drainage, leading to water backups and spills.
  • Additionally, aging or faulty internal components, such as the water inlet valve or the pressure switch, can malfunction, causing water to seep out.
  • Deteriorating door gaskets or seals can allow water to escape during the wash cycle. It's also crucial to watch out for visible signs of rust and corrosion on the machine, which can weaken its structural integrity and lead to leaks.

Regularly inspecting hoses and fittings, ensuring proper loading, and addressing any unusual noises or movements during the wash cycle can help homeowners prevent water damage caused by their washing machines. Timely maintenance and prompt repairs are essential to avoiding extensive damage to the surrounding area and potential mold growth.

Water Damage From the Water Heater

Water damage resulting from a malfunctioning water heater can present itself in several noticeable ways, indicating potential issues that demand immediate attention.

  • Leaking or pooling water around the base of the water heater is a primary and obvious sign, often caused by corrosion or a faulty temperature and pressure relief (TPR) valve.
  • A deteriorating or cracked tank, which naturally occurs over time, can also lead to leaks.
  • Excessive pressure in the tank due to a faulty pressure relief valve can cause leaks or even a sudden burst.
  • Sediment buildup within the tank is a common cause of water heater issues, as it can lead to overheating, increased pressure, and eventual leaks.
  • Loose or damaged pipe connections can result in water seepage. Rust and corrosion can affect both the tank and pipes, compromising their integrity and causing leaks.
  • It's crucial to pay attention to discolored or rusty water, which can indicate internal rusting and an imminent risk of leakage.

Regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank to remove sediment, inspecting valves and pipes, and addressing any signs of corrosion, is essential to prevent water damage from a malfunctioning water heater. Homeowners should also consider replacing older units to reduce the risk of sudden leaks and extensive water damage.

Let's Talk About SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Process

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

If you're interested in reading about how our water damage restoration process works, feel free to follow this link!

As experts in water damage restoration, we specialize in returning your Hoboken home to its pre-water damage state swiftly and effectively. Our process involves fast water extraction, followed by a thorough drying process using cutting-edge equipment. At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we employ advanced equipment like moisture monitoring tools to meticulously measure and document the drying process, guaranteeing that your property is completely dry and restored to its original condition.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Ask yourself if it's safe to stay in the house, are there electrical and slip and fall hazards, are there activities you can do that are safe for you to perform, and are these wet materials too heavy to lift?

For a little guidance, here's what you should do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpet.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What not do do after flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Why Us?

Rest assured, our expertise goes beyond water and fire damage restoration; we offer a comprehensive range of services. Serving all of Hudson County and its neighboring areas, we take pride in our decade-long experience, assuring you that we possess the knowledge and skills needed to restore your property to its original state.

We're here to help whether you have a leak from your appliance or flood water damage, giving us a call ASAP should be your first step to prevent further damage. Preventing further damage doesn't only mean preventing the leak or flood from getting worse, but it will prevent mold growth, structural problems, and much more.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

If you have an emergency, we're here to help. We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”


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