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Your Appliances Are a Regular Source of Water Loss | SERVPRO® of West Forsyth County

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

When our household appliances are in good working order, they can be a huge convenience, but when they break down, that’s a whole different ballgame. Excess moisture, mold and costly water damage are all side effects of a malfunctioning appliance.

Water damage can manifest itself in a variety of ways in your Winston-Salem home, with one of the most common being faulty appliances. When problems are discovered far too late, a worn-out appliance can have even worse consequences.

It is simple to avoid chaos when using your household appliances if you are aware of the warning signs of damage and know what to do when they appear.

Regular Maintenance

Inspecting for water damage regularly is one of the most effective strategies for preventing it. Catching issues early on could save you from an expensive mess in the future.

Leaks may be hidden away below your refrigerator or dishwasher, so you’ll need to get a close look often to ensure there are no sudden wet spots or puddles. It’s helpful to push larger appliances out of the way once a year so you can deep-clean those unreachable problem areas.

Your HVAC system and water heater should be inspected regularly, just as you would your other appliances. Make sure to schedule an annual HVAC inspection, and keep an eye out around your HVAC system and water heater for any indications of excessive moisture or mold.

Yearly or Long-Term Maintenance

Although regularly paying close attention can be a great way to prevent catastrophic damage, you should also consider following the manufacturer’s suggested servicing schedule.

Remember to check the hoses and tubing attached to your fridge, washing machine and dishwasher for damage and, if needed, have them replaced immediately. Consistently replacing dated components is an effective way to keep your appliance in good working order.

The lifespan of each appliance you own varies, but it’s a good idea to replace outdated appliances every 10 to 15 years.

Appliance issues can be hard to catch until they’re at their worst, but there are ways to spot concerns like a leak before they wreak havoc. Remember to give you appliances some regular TLC to steer clear of expensive water destruction.

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night 336-946-1131.

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