One of the more unsettling things to be cognizant of as a homeowner, is potential water damage. Water damage in the home is an expensive problem to fix and can lead to mold ruining structural facets and personal items. Since the kitchen and bathrooms are main water sources, it is best to focus attention on these rooms to ensure you are protecting your home from any water damage.
Check the Refrigerator
When most people check out the refrigerator they do not look behind it. This area needs to be checked regularly to spot any leaks. If water is getting behind the refrigerator, something is wrong and needs to be addressed. If you find mold growing, a repair service needs to be called right away. Refrigerators with a built-in ice maker should also be checked. The ice maker needs to be attached correctly and any water supply leading into it needs to be secure. The drip pan also needs to be examined to make sure the water is not overflowing or leaking out of it.
The sink is used daily to wash dishes and for many other purposes. There are times when water gets trapped in the area around the sink or the countertops, leading to damage. Homeowners need to look under the sink often to inspect for any leaks. Blocked drains and faucets can also lead to water damage and need to be taken care of right away. If there are cracks in the countertop, this can be a sign that water is getting underneath. Be sure to check pipes and the area around the pipes for stains. This can indicate internal leaks and will need to be fixed before any further damage is done. The traps under the sink also need to be looked at, along with the drain. If the counters are showing signs of damage this can also be from water, especially if they are discolored.
If the dishwasher does not empty completely or correctly, water damage can follow. It is best to check the filter often. If it is blocked, this can lead to problems. The base of the dishwasher should also be examined for leaks. If the joints are not sealed correctly or if there is damage to the hose, the dishwasher can leak out water. A steel-braided hose can be used to help prevent leaks as it is strong and durable. The float switch should also be free of dirt and corrosion. If the switch is broken, the dishwasher may not be able to fill up with water. This can lead to a flood which will damage the kitchen floors and walls.
The garbage disposal also needs to be examined regularly. If there is a clog, the water will not be able to drain properly and this can lead to leaks and damage. Also, be sure to inspect connections, seals or damaged hoses, as these can lead to water damage. Using the garbage disposal correctly is also key. Be sure to use lots of cold water while running and only insert soft or fibrous foods, as opposed to bones and such, which can be hard on the blades, causing damage and backup.
Preservation and maintenance is key to preventing water damage in the kitchen. Since kitchens tend to have the most water sources, they can have a higher risk for potential water damage. For tips or a consultation and to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 772-212-1352 .