One of the most common sources for flooding within a home is appliances that use a large amount of water. There are numerous of these water-based appliances within a home. The most common are dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters, and garbage disposals. Because there are so many water-based appliances throughout your home, almost every room in your home is vulnerable to water damage from leaking appliances. The water damage prevention safeguards built into appliances are improving all the time, but they are still prone to malfunctions. To help you avoid this from happening to you, below are tips about water damage and appliances according to our restoration experts at Restore More in Racine.
The floodwater from an appliance comes through your water main. Thus, you can stop all the floodwater by simply shutting off the water to your home. If you do detect a leak or flood your first step should be to do this to prevent any more water from being leaked. The difficulty, however, is that leaks coming from appliances are often hard to detect. Because of this, a flood can go on for a long time until it is actually noticed.
After shutting off the water upon noticing a flood, you should then turn off the utilities as well. There are two reasons for doing this. First of all, turning off the electricity and gas will turn off the appliances and prevent them from causing any more damage. Second, with the electricity off, you will be able to avoid any potential electrical hazards.
The longer the floodwater remains in your home, the greater the damage it will cause. Thus, one of your top priorities after a flood should be to remove this water as quickly as possible. Do all that you can on your own, but don’t hesitate to get a professional cleaning and restoration company involved as well.
After a flood, you should do all you can to dry out the remaining moisture. Whenever possible, you should open all the windows and doors that you can to increase the natural air circulation throughout your home. Along with drying your home out more quickly, doing this also reduces the unpleasant smell that stems from water damage.
Do you own a dehumidifier? If so, it is the perfect resource for you to dry your home out more quickly after a flood. This is one very simple and effective way to do so.
We hope you never have to deal with the damaging effects of a leaky appliance. Sometimes the damage may be very minimal, but in other cases, a leaking appliance can send a large amount of floodwater throughout your home. In an ideal world, these tips will help you to avoid any water damage from ever occurring in your home. If it is ever flooded, however, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Restore More in Racine for help.