Water damage can strike anytime, anywhere. If you have ever visited our blog before, you already know that. Water damage is unpredictable. It is also among the most common causes of homeowners’ insurance claims, according to Insure.com. That is why ServiceMaster of Baltimore is ready to help with certified licensed restoration technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Last week, we outlined several common problems areas leading to Bathroom Water Damage. This week, we are going to take a closer look at everyone’s other favorite room: the kitchen. Just like the bathroom, the kitchen is highly prone to water damage for a number of reasons:
- Multiple water supply lines
- Appliances, such as dishwashers and garbage disposals
- Of course, the sink
When water damage strikes, it is important to act fast. Turn off the source of the water, call a plumber to fix the underlying issue, take pictures and contact your insurance company, and call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. This four-pronged approach should help minimize damage and prevent additional issues, such as mold.
Kitchen Water Damage
- Burst Pipe: One burst pipe spewing 4-8 gallons of water a minute can do tens of thousands of dollars damage in a very short span of time. You need to act fast!
- Leaky Appliance: As appliances age, their pipes and hoses begin to weaken, rust, and crack. When this happens, water damage is not far behind. Your refrigerator and dishwasher are two of the primary culprits. Others include washing machines (which some people have tucked away in their kitchens) and hot water tanks.
- Leaky Faucet: Did you know that a small leak can expel 22 gallons of water a day? Now just imagine if that leak goes undetected for days, weeks, or even months. The resulting damage under your sink could be severe.
- Faulty Caulking: For these reasons, it is best to inspect your sink at least once a year for leaks. Simply run water on each side of the sink while looking underneath for any signs of a leak. If you find an issue you call either a plumber or attempt to fix the problem yourself. The choice is yours.
One final piece of advice: Consider investing in a water alarm for under your sink. This simple device, which can be purchased at your local hardware store, costs roughly $15 and can save you a lot of heartache in the future. It will go off as soon as it detects even the slightest amount of water. This will help minimize the risk of both water damage and mold.
Hopefully you have found our blog, “Kitchen Water Damage and How ServiceMaster of Baltimore Can Help,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful home improvement tips.