Here it is, our final installment in the “Where’s My Water Damage” series. This time we’re here focusing on kitchens, but we want to start by saying that our four posts on this topic are not at all exhaustive when it comes to potential sources of water damage in your home. Water damage can occur anywhere, so constantly be on the lookout for signs of water damage and remember to act quickly if you suspect a problem. Now, without further ado, here’s the kitchen edition of “Where’s My Water Damage.”
Sure, leaky pipes are an easy one to come up with. But have you thought about how many different ways and places where leaky pipes could be the source of water damage in the kitchen? From clogs to cracks, from the dishwasher to the fridge, the list is long. Here’s a brief breakdown:
- Sink: The kitchen sink likely runs through a significant amount of water on a daily basis. However, if there’s a crack in your pipe or if a clog is preventing proper drainage, you may be in for a lovely water damage surprise. This is particularly important because food scraps often find their way down the drain and create problems. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, it’s important to do your best to prevent pieces of food from entering your pipes and creating a backup. Keep an eye underneath the sink for signs of water damage.
- Dishwasher: Dishwashers are also vulnerable to getting clogged by food scraps, so take care not to load excessively dirty dishes into your dishwasher. Even with proper precautions, draining mechanisms can degrade or get gunked up over time. This kitchen water damage is likely to manifest itself along the floor near the base of the dishwasher.
- Refrigerator: If your refrigerator has a mechanical icemaker and/or water dispenser, pay attention to your fridge as yet another potential source of water damage in the kitchen. Connections to water lines could be faulty and leaking, or the icemaker could have frozen shut and caused a backup. Check underneath, behind, and even inside of your fridge for leaks and damage. Refrigerators and freezers also come equipped with a drainage pan to receive condensation collected from the freezer’s defrosting mechanism. This pan could secretly be harboring mold which requires immediate attention.
Pipe leaks are certainly possible and common, but so are human mistakes like dropping glasses of water or sloshing over the edge of the sink when doing dishes. If you don’t take care to clean up spills well, the liquid could damage your floorboards and cause headaches later down the road. Take the time to soak up all liquid spills as well as you can.
And that’s it! That’s the end of our “Where’s My Water Damage” series. We hope you learned a lot, and we hope you remember to always keep a lookout for signs of water damage in your home. If you notice something, give us a call to come check it out.
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