What a Mess! When Your Appliances Leak
It’s happened many times. You walk into your kitchen/laundry room and find water on the floor. What a disaster! Whether it is your dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator, it is a crisis for you and, if left unrepaired, can cause structural damage to your home. So what causes these frustrating problems? There are many reasons that can cause water leakage, some of which are preventable with ongoing maintenance.
One of the most common reasons for water damage, a hose can become brittle with age and start to crack. Hoses should be checked periodically and changed before you start having major issues. Washing machines should have this done every 3-5 years. If you notice puddles, or water dripping, it should be done immediately.
Seals and Gaskets
Both can become brittle as they age. Detergents can also cause seals and gaskets to dry out. When this happens, leaks can occur. Dishwashers seem to be susceptible to this issue.
Too Much Soap
Both washers and dishwashers suffer from this malady. You may think that adding a little more soap will only get the dishes or clothes cleaner, but, in reality, you could be causing your own flood. Too much soap, or the wrong kind of detergent will cause dishwasher to push it out the door and sink, and washing machines could cause overflow of laundry tubs and washers.
Pumps are affected by age and detergents. The parts in a pump can become brittle or crack. Pumps help circulate and drain water from your appliances.
Leaking refrigerators can also happen. Water in front of your refrigerator, or in the bottom of the refrigerator should be addressed right away. First, check to see if a hose is plugged. Sometimes removing ice from the hose, is all that you need to do. Listen to your refrigerator and determine if it is making unusual noises.
No matter what is causing your water leakages, you need to get them repaired quickly before you have major damage to your house.