When it comes to water damage, you are probably aware of the extent of damage that it can do to your home. Odors, faded walls and destroyed carpets are all things you can come to expect from the usual suspects, such as floods, tropical storms and overly heavy rains. However, there are a few ways that your home can work against you and slowly introduce water damage to itself. There are plenty of ways that water damage can enter your home stealthily and from the inside. Here are four of the main culprits of sneaky ways water can damage your house.
Your dishwasher is the first of many common appliances that can wind up causing you a headache in the long run. You'll find that there are many cases where your dishwasher will leak or drip, causing some serious water damage to your kitchen tile or cabinet space over time. This can also lead to the growth of mildew and fungus, which is a potentially hazardous phenomenon. It is recommended that you rectify this situation by doing one of two things (or both, if it fits your fancy): tightening the gasket of your dishwasher door and checking the connection hose in the back of the dishwasher. If it is loose, tighten it; if it is damaged, replace it as soon as possible.
Air Conditioner or HVAC System
There are numerous reasons why your air conditioner or HVAC system might be causing you stealthy water damage (although this problem is more common among window units). This could range from anything from water or ice accumulation on the indoor evaporator to poor installation of the unit to a poor source of drainage.
There are a number of things that you can do to fix this situation and prevent an ample amount of water from leaking into your home. Invest in changing the air filter every other month or so, making sure the condensate line is tightly secured and free of kinks and investing in a humidifier to rid oneself of the pesky evaporation that can enter your home via an air conditioner are all good pieces of advice.
The refrigerator is a common source of leaking in homes and can wind up causing just as much of a problem in your kitchen as your dishwasher potentially can. There are numerous sources of water leaks that can potentially harm your home when it comes to your fridge. The copper pipe that supplies your fridge with the ability to make ice through an automatic ice machine may have come loose and might be steadily dripping water onto your tile, making conditions ripe for the growth of mildew and fungus. This is generally an easy fix, however. By tightening this pipe with a wrench, your refrigerator should be as good as new.
This one can be a real doozy. Your washing machine is connected to several supply hoses in its back that feed it water. These hoses need to be examined quite often. Try checking them out at least once a month. If they are not properly attached, become kinked, or tear, they can become a source of sneaky water damage. They can easily leak, and sometimes, if not properly secured, they can become a source of great water damage, not just a few inklings of drippage here and there.
There are a myriad of ways that water can sneakily damage your home; through your own appliances even! Hopefully, this brief article has served as a wake up call so that you can see exactly how a small amount of water damage can eventually cause a few big problems. For more information on water damage restoration, contact a local professional.Share
28 July 2015
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