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The appliances you use every day can also be a source of unwanted water in your home. Leaking appliances can cause serious damage, no matter if it's a slow drip or a steady stream. Undetected leaks can ruin flooring, cause mold growth, seep into the rooms below, and eventually compromise your home's structural integrity.

Here are a few appliances that are common culprits of home water damage:

1. Washing Machine
Your washing machine is a heavily-used appliance that can cause flooding as a result of burst water supply lines, faulty pump valves, or disconnected drain hoses. Make sure to inspect your hoses for cracking and rust every month and replace them every three to five years.

2. Refrigerator
Refrigeration leaks often result from a blocked defrost drain, which can stop or slow your ice maker. Other times, it's a result of a clogged/frozen water supply line, which leads to a buildup of ice that starts to melt and cause water to pool underneath your refrigerator. Prevent leaks by making sure the doors are not open for long periods and inspecting the hose for damage and proper connection.

3. Dishwasher
Dishwashers can easily cause an overflow of water either from too much or the wrong type of soap, defective doors, damaged hose/valve connections, or a clogged drain. Avoid leaks by regularly inspecting the supply line and drain hose, loading the dishwasher without blocking spray nozzles, and making sure you don't overload the dishwasher. It's also advised to replace your dishwasher after ten years.

Don't wait until you've sprung a leak! It's important to be proactive in preventing home water damage. One thing you can do is invest in a flood stopper, a water detection device that uses a sensor to detect water fixture and appliance leaks. Once water is detected, the device automatically turns the water supply off and sounds an alarm. It's also a good idea to only use appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine when you're at home so you can act fast if flooding occurs.

Has one of your appliances has already caused flooding in your home? No worries! Our water damage specialists are ready to help. Just give us a call on our 24/7 emergency line at 877-636-6537.