Any appliance that holds liquids, such as washing machines, ice machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and more, should be examined on an annual basis. If left unchecked, what might start as a slow leak or drip could eventually lead to a much bigger problem, potentially leading to mold infestation or a household disaster causing destruction and damage in your home.
Washing Machine Overflow
Washing machine and appliance failures are some of the leading causes of damage in a home. The primary cause of damage from washing machines is with faulty or burst supply lines. It is wise to check them often and observe for signs of failure, such as blisters in the hose, worn tubing and loose fittings.
Washing machine supply lines are pressurized, so even a small leak can soak the house in minutes. Replace the supply lines every five years, even if there are no signs of deterioration on the outside. Contact S&J Builders and Restoration Services with any questions. Some failures begin on the inside and may not be noticeable until it's too late. Always turn off the valves to the washing machine if you will be away for a few days. Finally, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce the risk of other types of washing machine related damage.
Never overload a machine.
Always use the type of detergent specifically designed for your machine.
Only operate washing machines while someone is home.
Heating and Air Conditioner Failure
Make sure that your home’s Air Conditioner and heater units are serviced annually. Check the drip pan to make sure that it is not cracked and leaking. Make sure that you change the filters regularly and rinse the unit a couple of times per year to keep it clean and free of debris. If not properly maintained, there is a potential for major damage. Promptly contact S&J Builders and Restoration Services with any questions regarding issues with your heating or air conditioning. We will quickly address your concerns. Better to be safe than sorry.
Water Heater Failure
The chance of a water heater leak or burst begins to dramatically increase when the unit is five years and older, and 75% of all water heaters fail before they are 12 years old. If prompt action isn't taken, the problem can get out of control and can intrude into other parts of the household. It is best to maintain and check your water heater periodically to minimize the potential of water heater overflow. Remove sediment by flushing the tank every six months.
Refrigerator and Ice Maker Failure
There can be at least a few possible causes of your leaking refrigerator and ice maker, including: a clogged or frozen defrost drain; damaged or loose lines; damaged tank assembly and filter housing; and a damaged or rusted drain pan. Any time that you have pressurized lines bringing liquid into an appliance, those supply lines should be checked on a regular basis. Make sure that all fittings are tightened and that there is no damage to the lines themselves.