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How Faulty Appliances Cause Water Damage

When witnessing a flood happen inside of your home, most people assume the cause is from rain or a storm. However, that’s not always the reason. Faulty appliances that are improperly maintained or poorly taken care of can lead to flooding and water damage. Here are a few of the appliances that need to be properly cared for regularly to prevent flooding from occurring.

The Washer

Every month you should be keeping up on constant checks with your washing machine. You’ll want to consistently look at the hose to see if it looks very rusted or dry. If you see any cracks on the hose as well, you’ll want to give your plumber a call to learn more about how to fix this.

Make sure you’ve moved the washer far enough away from the wall to provide a good amount of space. Your hose should also be replaced every five years to prevent a hose failure that can leak throughout the house.

Water Heater

The water heater breaking and causing a leak is one of the top causes of flood damage. This is why your water heater needs to be inspected every year to make sure everything looks good and nothing seems like it will break.

Make sure you’re also looking at it every now and then yourself to make sure it doesn’t have any cracks or anything out of the ordinary about it. Be sure to get this replaced at least every ten years. You should also work to remove any sediment by flushing it every six months.

Dishwasher

When adding dishwasher soap to your machine, make sure you’re adding the recommended amount of soap. This can be found on the detergent’s label. If too much is added, it can cause excess water to flow out of the bottom of the machine, eventually flooding and damaging your home. Try to have your dishwasher replaced every nine or ten years.

Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is located up in your attic, then you’re more likely to experience flood damage all through your home as the air conditioner can leak and spread around your house. To help prevent this and air conditioning damage in any other rooms, have a drain pipe installed to remove any overflowing water.

Refrigerator

While the refrigerator itself can freeze or clog in the defrost drain, the ice maker is also a huge cause for leaking and damage. The rubber seals that sit in the door to keep it properly shut can also break. This may keep the fridge from properly cooling your items.

This can cause leaking to occur. Make sure everything is connected correctly by looking at the hose or waterline to ensure they haven’t been disconnected.

Experiencing Water Damage In Your Home

Flooding can be a messy and intimidating experience. If you’re seeing your appliances start to leak, don’t panic. Instead, give MD Water Restoration a call. We’ll come help with any water damage issues you may be facing with our top-notch, professional team members ready to help.

The Top Signs of Sewage and Drain Problems

Drain damage in your home can be a costly hassle. It’s caused by flushed items that cause a blockage, items that are flushed but collect in the drain, heavy rain that causes flooding, and even trees that grow inside sewer lines. To avoid damage, refrain from flushing or sending down the drain items like feminine hygiene products, hair, food, and cat litter. Keep an eye out for the warning signs so that you can call a restoration company right away.

Backed-Up or Overflowing Toilets and Sinks

An occasional backed-up toilet or sink isn’t cause for concern. As long as you have a plunger, you can usually take care of it yourself. But long-term clogging or multiple drains clogging or overflowing probably means you have drain damage. At this point, you don’t want to take care of this yourself. Call a restoration company to take care of the damage immediately so that it doesn’t get worse.

Raw Sewage Smell

Raw sewage smells are not pleasant. You’ll notice it right away when the smell of sewage starts creeping up drains, toilets, and sinks. You should investigate the smell right away by calling a restoration company. Hopefully, a smell alone will be easy to treat. But if you wait too long you could run into more damage along the way.

Gurgling Sounds

Gurgling sounds inside your drains means something is probably stuck inside. If you can’t get rid of the gurgling sound through off-the-shelf unclogging methods, you’re better off calling a restoration company to take a look. The clog could get worse and cause even more damage if you wait too long.

Water Collection By Underground Sewer Lines

By the time you see water collecting on the ground, you’re going to need some serious help to repair the damage. A restoration company can go straight to the source. Water that collects outside of your home will be contaminated by sewage and could cause some damage to your foundation. You cannot wait once the damage has gotten to this point.

Restoration companies have the right kinds of tools and experience to clean up drain damage as quickly as possible. They can work with you on cost, but you should know that by the time water starts to collect, it’ll be more expensive than if you had caught it earlier. At MD Water Restoration, we’ll take your call 24/7 for all of your restoration needs. Give us a call for a free estimate at (240) 370-5582.

Top Five Warning Signs of Drain Issues

Drain issues cause large amounts of water damage and distress every year. Flooding, backup, and leaking can all stress your home and your mood. The good news is that drain issues rarely just crop up out of nothing. Check out these top five warning signs that drainage issues are on the horizon.

1. Sounds from the drains

Your drains shouldn’t gurgle, chug, clang, or suck. If you have a lot of sounds that accompany your drains’ progress, there’s something in your pipe. It could be that intrusive roots are letting air in and water out. You could have a loose clog that’s not breaking up and is banging around in your pipes. Whatever the reason, sounds from your drains are never what you want. Flush your drains, and contact a specialist if the sounds persist.

2. Slow draining

The most classic sign of drain issues is slow draining. There’s something clogged somewhere in your system. Address slow draining immediately. You never know when slow draining is going to transform into flooding or backup. Don’t trust that your drains will just stay working. If you notice a gradual reduction in draining (or a sudden drop-off), it’s a sign that something is only growing.

3. Multiple drains are clogged

One clogged drain is an irritation. A severe clog or flood is a bad sign. When you have multiple drains that are clogged, it’s much worse. It’s not just a matter of one pipe getting something stuck in it. Instead, you have a blockage of a main sewage line. Across the board, drains back up instead of draining. Drain issues that are contained to one pipe are much easier to fix. A problem with a main line is going to be more difficult to repair, and can do a lot more damage before it’s fixed.

4. Bubbles

If you have bubbles coming up your drain, you have a leak. Somewhere, water or sewage is getting out and air is getting in. The seriousness of the problem depends on your leak. It could be small and easy to fix. It could be an indication of drain issues that will force you to replace the whole pipe. It really depends on when you find the leak. The sooner you have a professional identify the problem, the less time your drain issues will have to spiral out of control.

5. Unpleasant odor

An unpleasant odor is a red flag. Some water naturally comes with a little more Sulphur than others. While not pleasant, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem. If your water has always been fresh and drinkable and suddenly starts smelling foul (or your drains or sinks smell terrible) something is really wrong.
If any of these warning signs appear on your radar act quickly. A professional assessment can save your drains. The sooner you catch drain issues, the less time they have to get out of hand. Whether you have slow drains, bubbles, unpleasant odor, or just a clog that spans multiple drains, get professional help when you can.

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