Appliances that continuously hold or filter water, tend to develop a slow leak or drip, eventually leading to appliance flooding and water damage. This can also cause hidden mold damage unless regular maintenance is performed. Emergency Restoration Services LLC provides professional clean-up services for appliances experiencing a water leak in Virginia Beach, VA.
We offer appliance leak clean-up and water extraction, structural drying, and water damage restoration services for the following appliances:
- Water Heater Burst
- Washing Machine Overflow
- A/C Unit Drain Overflow
- Refrigerator & Ice Maker Overflow
- Dishwasher Overflow
Causes of Appliance Leak
Most of the time homeowners don’t realize when their appliance isn’t functioning properly until a major problem occurs. Below are some of the most common ways an appliance can leak water:
When a dishwasher leaks it is usually because of a clogged or damaged drain line or supply line. Drain line leaks can be fast or slow and often contain bacteria. Supply lines can cause an overflow because of heavy water pressure. If you have an older dishwasher that connects to your kitchen sink, it might cause water damage, if your sink is not properly emptied or unclogged when the drain line is in use.
Water heaters often have several issues that can contribute to leaking including damaged or cracked pipes, a leaking tank, or broken fittings and seals. Malfunctioning water heaters also have the potential to burst, releasing gallons of water into your home in a blink of an eye.
Many homeowners leave the water supply hoses to their washing machine on, even when it is not in use. Washing machine hoses are always pressurized and a broken line is like turning on the tap, so if a line bursts when you aren’t home or if your washing machine is in an area of your home that you rarely use, you could end up with significant water damage.
Slower leaks from worn hoses and loose fittings can also cause water damage and mold growth on the walls behind the washing machine. User error can result in water damage too; to avoid this, do not add too much detergent and overflow the washing machine.
Heaters & Air Conditioners
Heating and cooling equipment are prime candidates for leaks. That is why it is essential to have a professional inspect your heating and cooling systems for leaks, damage, and blockages. Water leaks related to these systems are usually slow and hidden behind the walls & in the ceiling, meaning they can be difficult to find before mold starts to grow and cause even more damage.
Refrigerators that come with a built-in icemaker have a supply line for water. This supply line can burst or crack and cause a significant amount of water damage. Some refrigerators can also fall victim to slow water leaks from the base, which can go unnoticed for a long period of time.