When dealing with dishwashers
, a mishap can occur at any given time, so it’s crucial to take action before damage happens. Once the dishwasher causes a problem, it can be difficult to fix it. Here are some of the things you can do to prevent water damage from a dishwasher.
- Run your dishwasher only when you are home. That way, if it does ever flood, you will be available to turn it off before the flooding becomes more severe.
- Dishwasher hoses degrade over time. Once they reach a certain point, they can fail and flood your home. Take the time to inspect these hoses regularly for any damage or wear and tear.
- Check frequently for loose debris or dust around your dishwasher’s seal and in its pump (located at the bottom of your dishwasher). Occasionally when you are loading the dishwasher, bits of food will find their way to the pump. This keeps the inside from draining properly and causes flooding in a matter of a few short hours.
The high number of pipes running through the cabinets under your sink can be intimidating if you have little plumbing experience. For this reason, many people put off inspecting the pipes under the sink. It really isn’t that difficult though! Don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty and
looking for any obvious damage. Also, watch for possible blockages or corrosion. Hardware may need to be replaced or cleaned thoroughly.
The built-in water lines in refrigerators are a relatively new and huge convenient innovation. Yet, they can come with a price. The water line can be easily damaged so that it springs a leak. Before you have time to think about it, gallons of water can leak around your refrigerator and throughout your kitchen. Have your refrigerator inspected regularly so that water lines and hoses can be replaced before any damage occurs.