Completing tasks in the kitchen, like cooking and cleaning, would not be possible without the use of water. However, water in the wrong place can lead to disaster. Water damage is likely to occur when any amount of water is left to sit, and not all water damage is immediately noticeable, so it’s essential to keep an eye out for any potential problems.
Water damage can come from all sorts of issues, from plumbing to appliance malfunctions. To ensure that water damage doesn’t affect your home, it’s beneficial to understand the most common reasons for water damage in a kitchen.
Appliances are essential in any kitchen, as they help cook, clean, and In some instances, help to store food. Most of them have one thing in common: they are attached to water lines. Unfortunately, this means that there is a possibility of water damage if anything goes wrong. Any signs of leaking must be looked into as soon as possible.
The dishwasher arguably uses the most water in the kitchen of all the appliances, so it has the highest likelihood of causing issues. Improperly loading it, using too much soap, and broken seals or water lines contribute to leaking.
Refrigerators are also likely to leak and cause water damage, even though it doesn’t use as much water as a dishwasher. Over time, water lines have the potential to break down, allowing water to collect underneath. Since these water lines are behind the fridge, the damage can go unnoticed for a long time. Leaving the water to sit unnoticed will promote mold growth and damage to the floors. To prevent this, some homeowners will lay a mat underneath to collect water. Be sure to dry it out often to be the most effective. Be careful when pulling out the fridge, as water lines can break.
Staying on top of the general maintenance of any appliance is essential when trying to prevent water damage. Set a routine inspection for all of these appliances to ensure they are working correctly by cleaning out any necessary pipes or lines, replacing damaged parts, and calling professionals to help with any needed assistance.
The kitchen sink and faucet are probably the most utilized appliance in the kitchen. Because of that, it has the highest risk for problems if not properly maintained. When using the sink, make sure that you are correctly disposing of excess food. If you do not have a garbage disposal, clean out the sink to avoid food clogging up the sink pipes. Additionally, be careful not to pull too hard on the sink sprayer as it can cause leaks below or above the counter.
Keep an eye out for any leaks in the faucet, sink, or connected pipes. Gaskets, washers, and O-rings wear and corrode over time, so replace them whenever necessary. Moreover, if you notice that there is a leak somewhere, get it fixed as soon as possible, either by yourself or by calling a plumber. By keeping up on the maintenance, you will be able to minimize the risk of water damage.
Though preventative measures can be taken to avoid water damage, sometimes, it is unavoidable. Accidents happen to everyone. If water damage happens to you, the experts at TCM Restoration will help with the water damage restoration on your home, no matter how big or small the damage is, they will be able to bring your home back to the way it was.