Preventing Water Damage in the
The kitchen is often neglected even though it
is often cleaned and warning signs of excess moisture and
impending water damage are overlooked. Inspecting the following
moisture sources will help in preventing damage where it is
likely to happen
The area behind the refrigerator is hardly
ever inspected because it is relatively hard to reach.
Inspecting this area will reduce the chance for water problems.
water behind the refrigerator is a sign. Do not ignore it, fix
immediately or hire an appliance technician. If you detect mold
growth, clean it immediately. Locate the moisture and fix it.
If you have an icemaker, check the hose to make sure it is
sealed and attached to the water supply.
Sink and Countertop
The sink and countertop are highly watered
areas in the house. Check regularly under the sink and remove
the trash can and other stored items to search for leaks. A
drip in the trap under the sink means drain problems and must
be repaired fast. Look around the sink, slow draining pipes
indicate a blocked drain. A dripping faucet must me repaired
promptly. Pay attention to the countertop. If tiles are cracked
or grout is missing, fix it to prevent water from pervading.
Stained walls and floors around pipes indicate an internal leak
that must be fixed to prevent additional
If the dishwasher doesn?t empty after use,
the main filter may be blocked and must be released promptly.
When the sink overflows, it is usually due to back-ups. This
problem usually occurs when the drain line is clogged. Clean
the drain line regularly. Look under the base of the dishwasher
for leaks. If you find any leaks, there could be an unsealed
joint or a damaged hose. Check the connection and fix as
needed. Check the dishwasher hose under the sink for signs of
leakage and fix if necessary. Consider installing steel-braided
hoses on appliances such as the dishwasher.
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