Routine Maintenance to Prevent Water Damage

Problems with home appliances are one of the leading causes of water damage in homes and businesses. Make sure you are up to date on replacements and maintenance to help prevent water-related issues. You should regularly be checking for leaks around your supply lines to the refrigerator ice maker, toilet, faucets, dishwasher, washing machine, and water heater.

You should regularly be checking to make sure that there isn’t any accumulation of moisture or corrosion around your water heater. Water heaters also need to be flushed every couple years to ensure that sediment doesn’t accumulate on the tank bottom. In addition, the life expectancy of a water heater is usually around 10 years. It’s much cheaper and easier to replace an old, working water heater than one that has failed. When they fail, they cause significant damage due to the hot water and we almost always find mold with water heater losses.

Check your water supply lines, most today are made with some plastic components and over time that plastic can become brittle and burst. The easiest way to check is to turn the water off, gently loosen the line and then re-tighten it and then turn the water back on. If the line or the nut cracks while you are working on it, it’s an easy fix and if it leaks as you turn the water back on it will be easy to catch quickly before much if any damage has occurred. If you happen to replace or upgrade a fixture in your home that has a water supply line, like a toilet, refrigerator, washing machine or faucet, you should also change its supply line during the installation process.

Washing machine leaks can happen for a number of different reasons. Your problem could be an easy fix, like a door that isn’t closing properly or leaking that is happening because you’re overloading your machine. Sometimes, the problem is more difficult to remedy, like a hole in your water pump or an issue with your machine’s water valve or pressure switch. Any type of leak around your washing machine should be looked into in case it is a problem you can’t fix on your own.

STOP Restoration in Winston Salem, NC knows exactly how to help you in the event of a leak or water damage in your home. We are experts in water damage restoration and leak detection. We are available 24/7 to assist you in emergency situationsand can be reached at (336) 203-0739.