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4 Appliances Most Likely To Flood Your Home

baltimore home flood preventionOne of the worst things that can happen as a homeowner is experiencing a flood. But overflows of water don’t only occur from natural disasters—they can be caused by the appliances in your home. Just about any home appliance with a pipe connected to the waterline is at risk for flooding, but here is a list of the more common ones and what you can do to try and prevent them from flooding your home.

1. The Washing Machine

Flooding caused by your washing machine can happen without you even knowing it, as most machines are located in a place we don’t often go: the basement. By the time you go downstairs to check on your laundry, you may have missed the opportunity to prevent the damage from getting out of hand. With a typical load of laundry using about 30 gallons of water, a burst hose can be a huge problem.

It’s a good idea to inspect the water line connections and hoses every month to look for signs of leaks, bulges, or cracks. If you’re going on vacation or will be away from your home for an extended period of time, consider turning off the water supply while you’re away.

2. The Hot Water Heater

With cooler temperatures approaching, our hot water heaters have to work harder to heat cold water. It’s important to ensure it’s operating correctly, as damage from this appliance could cost thousands of dollars in repairs.

This appliance should be inspected and serviced once a year and replaced every 10 to 12 years. It might be a good idea to protect the flooring around the hot water heater in case a leak or flood does occur, by painting the floor with a water sealant or placing a catch pan just below the appliance.

3. The Refrigerator

Every time you open your refrigerator door condensation is created over the condenser coil, which can pool at the bottom of the appliance. If your refrigerator has an ice maker and/or drinking water feature, it will require an additional supply line, allowing for a lot of places to encounter leaks.

Even though the life expectancy of a refrigerator is about 13 years, the ice makers inside of them will not last as long (as little as five years). It’s important to check the water supply behind your fridge annually, and to replace any copper water lines that you might have with braided steel ones. Additionally, you should always make sure that when you’re closing the refrigerator door, it’s closed tightly and sealed. 

4. The Dishwasher

As one of the most-used appliances on this list, it’s imperative that it be in optimal condition. You can experience a small puddle of water on the ground or suffer more serious damage if it’s not operating correctly. Because dishwashers are manually run, most water overflows caused by this machine are due to its age, or even from using too much detergent for each cycle (or using the wrong type of detergent).

In most cases, you can fix a leak by tightening the drain line where it connects to the plumbing under your sink. If the hose for this connection is currently rubber, you should consider switching to a steel-braided one. Additionally, it’s best not to run the dishwasher unless someone is home.

Call ServiceMaster Of Baltimore For Your Appliance Needs

If one of your home appliances is experiencing a leak or causing a flood, or you’re looking for regular maintenance to prevent such things from occurring, ServiceMaster of Baltimore can help. For 24/7 service, give us a call at 410-780-1700.

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