Preventing Water Damage from Leaking Fixtures and Appliances

Leaking plumbing fixtures and appliances not only waste water and increase your water bill but can also cause significant water damage to your property. What may seem like a small puddle of harmless water can lead to major issues.

The problem with water damage is that the longer it sits unnoticed, the more dangerous it can be. Water damage can peel paint, warp wood, and lift floorboards, while slowly seeping into spaces it shouldn’t. Regularly checking your plumbing fixtures and appliances for signs of faults or leaks can help prevent leakage.

Plumbing Fixtures Causing Water Damage

A lot of water passes through your tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets daily—especially if you have a big family. You could face serious water damage if any of these fixtures are faulty, leaking, or damaged. Set a reminder to check them once a month to stay on top of potential problems.

  • Drains – While pipes are often blamed for leaks, drains can be just as problematic. Over time, even a watertight drain can start to leak, leading to significant water damage. Look for signs such as lifting tiles or flooring around your shower or tub, and discoloration on the ceiling below the bath or shower.
  • Water Heater – Tank-based water heaters are prone to leaks due to the large amount of water they hold and the regular temperature shifts they experience. Check the pressure relief valve for hissing or water leaks. Place paper towels beneath the valve to detect any moisture.
  • Toilet – A running toilet wastes water and increases your bill, but a leaking toilet can damage flooring and ceilings. Address toilet issues promptly. Look for signs like a running toilet, which could indicate problems with the fill tube, float, or flapper valve. Any puddles around the toilet itself should prompt an immediate call to a plumber.

Appliances Causing Water Damage

Just like plumbing fixtures, appliances can also cause significant damage if they leak. Regularly check refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines for any signs of leaks, and be aware of their age and lifespan.

  • Washing Machine Inspect the clamps on the water hose for leaks or rust. Replace water hoses every five years, regardless of their appearance. Look for any pooling water near the machine or outlet pipe.
  • Refrigerator Refrigerators can leak due to issues like irregular sealing or defrosted drain clogs. Check the sealing rubber and ensure the hose and water line are properly connected. Any unexpected water pools under the fridge should be investigated.
  • Dishwasher Dishwashers often leak due to faulty hoses and valves. Remove the bottom plate to check for slow drips from the water inlet valve. Look for corrosion or hard water material on the valve.

How PuroClean Can Help with Water Damage?

If you face water damage caused by an appliance or plumbing fixture, PuroClean of Troy specializes in professionally treating and repairing water damage. Our team has the training, tools, and equipment to dry and restore any affected areas properly. We’re available 24/7, ready to assist any time of day or night. To learn more about our restoration process or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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