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6 Tips for Preventing Water Damage from Appliances

6 Tips for Preventing Water Damage from Appliances

Did you know that the washing machine is one of the top sources of water damage to homes? Others that top the list include hot water heater and dishwasher. It's hard to imagine that these every day, convenient items could cause thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage to our homes. Fortunately, there are a few easy and inexpensive things you can do to help prevent these types of losses:

  1. Check for leaks:  Thoroughly check the area around appliances for any signs of leaking every four months.
  2. Supply hoses: Check the supply hoses regularly to ensure a tight connection, and no breaks or tears. It's a good idea to replace supply hoses for washing machines and dishwashers every five years even if there are no signs of wear. Sometimes, wear only shows on the inside. Reinforced, steel braided hoses are recommended.
  3. Read the manual: Always refer to your manufacturer's guidelines for types of soap and load recommendations for the washing machine and dishwasher. Most new washing machines require HE detergents.
  4. Flush your water heater: It is recommended to flush your water heater once per year to ensure fresh water and remove sediment.
  5. Don’t leave running appliances unattended. Try to only operate washing machines and dishwashers when someone is at home.
  6. Replace hot water heater as needed. It’s recommended to replace the hot water heater when it is nearing the end of life expectancy, even if there aren't any problems. As the water heater ages, risk of slow leak or sudden burst increases.

Leak detection systems are also a great tool to monitor your appliances, and even automatically shut off water in the event of a detected leak. While this would involve additional expenses than the above tips, this is a great tool to have in your home. And as a bonus, these systems may even score you a discount on your homeowners policy! Leak detection systems can be added to individual appliances or an entire house.

Of course, not all losses can be prevented, but following these tips should lower your chances of a loss. In the event of a water leak, it is important to know where your water shut-off valve is located so that water can quickly be turned off to minimize damage.

Resources:

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

A&J Property Restoration "5 Tips to Avoid Dishwasher Water Damage in Your Home"

Post authored by Taylor Mays. Originally published January 15, 2019. View original post at: 

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