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Preventing Water Damage from Faulty Appliances in Your Wilmington Home

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Your dishwasher uses a lot of water to get your dishes clean. Prevent a water damage emergency resulting from your dishwasher with maintenance.

SERVPRO Technicians can Remediate Water Damage AND Provide You with Tips to Avoid Future Damage


Most home flooding and water damage occur from appliance and plumbing failure. The cost of these disasters can add up fast to hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. There are certain everyday appliances in your home which you should be more aware of to prevent water damage. When an accident does happen in your home, SERVPRO is the one who can help you clean up the mess and dry out your home.
 
You should also know ahead of time what your home owner’s policy covers in case of water damage to your Wilmington home. Then if something does happen, you can get the coverage you need.
 
Dishwasher
 
The hoses and lines on your dishwasher can blow out or leak, many times during a wash cycle, and your kitchen is flooded with many gallons of water. You should never run your dishwasher while you are not at home. If a pipe bursts, you can lower the amount of water damage done by shutting the water off at the water supply line undeath the sink. Then, SERVPRO technicians can come in to help you repair and clean up the damages.
 
Rubber hoses are used to supply water to dishwashers in many cases, and they break down over time. Therefore, you should take the rubber hose and replace it with a much sturdier, steel-braided hose which you can find at most home improvement stores.
 
Washing Machine
 
Dishwasher drains or water hoses which malfunction result in some of the most common insurance claims for homeowners. You should inspect your washing machine hoses often. If they are more than five years old, replace with steel-braided hoses.
 
For even more peace of mind, you can install an automatic shut-off valve that is equipped with an alarm to let you know of any problems with the hose.
 
Leaky Toilet
 
Any leaks from your toilet are signs of trouble. Cracks in the toilet or tank are not common unless something hits the tank. More frequently, the supply line to the water tank gets a leak in it. It is better to replace a toilet that is leaky than to repair it.
 
If the problem is the water supply line, it is simple to repair with a metal-braided supply line since they are usually hold up better in the long run.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover is specially trained in handling all sorts of water damage situations. If you have an appliance which has failed, give us a call at (910) 762-8180, and our technicians come out to your home quickly to fix the damages and get your life back on track.

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