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How Appliances Are Destroyed By Water Damage

Feb 29, 2008
So many of the household appliances we use everyday are so essential to us that we are at a loss when one quits. How can we cope without an air conditioner when it is hot outside? All of our stored up food can be lost when a freezer or refrigerator shuts down out of the blue. Any of these appliance problems are distressing anytime, especially if the warranty is no longer valid.

Appliance failure is enough to deal with, but water using appliances causing a flood is even more tragic. Sometimes the appliance has not stopped working, but when an appliance that works with water suddenly has a connection to burst or come loose, it might be a big problem. The best and easiest way to stop this particular issue is to keep a check on their connections.

You may have several appliances that have a water line that helps them function. Hot water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, garbage disposals, and refrigerators are all appliances that operate using water. Each one of these items will have to be on an inspection list of the things in your home where water is allowed in and goes out.

This list is a serious matter. Every time water is out of control in a residence it can create problems. The damage can be more than you realize and cost you a lot of money if you might have been gone away for a few days.

Check that all the hoses are attached correctly. If they contain rubber seals or washers, inspect them for deterioration every once in a while and your rubber hoses as well. When the place you live in is known for a lot of frigid weather in the winter season, you can shut the water to them off entirely on really frigid nights if you think a specific appliance may be affected, such as washing machine in the basement. Insulating pipes is necessary to stop pipes under the house from freezing that connect into any appliances that use water.

Hot water tanks must be set in a plastic pan made especially for them. Having a drain positioned close by is a good idea also. Besides the hot water heater water connections having problems, the bottoms of aging hot water heaters occasionally may get rusted holes in them and cause a considerable amount of leaking or flooding.

Washing machines and dishwashers are the largest threats for flooding in a home. They are likely to be used very regularly and usually break down and need checking the most often. In a large household, if either of these appliances are not working or create a flood, it is more than an annoyance. It will keep you from cleaning up daily laundry and dishes and might cause a new, even greater mess from water also.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of
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