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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.

How Does Flood Damage Happen?

Though stormy days and nights may be enjoyable for those of us who like resting at home, listening to raindrops, flood damage can occur making this experience far less enjoyable. This damage is unfortunate to experience and can take place when you least expect it. It’s easier to prepare for once you learn how flood damage can actually happen. 

Excess Water Is too Much for Pipes 

Flooding can normally take place when a large amount of rain has traveled and made its way toward your pipes. The excessive amount of rain can run down to the drainage that is located underground. This ends up flooding the pipes down there. This usually keeps the water from draining properly, which results in flood damage to your home. 

Strong Winds Damage Home

When it’s raining intensely outside and a flood is forming, sometimes the rainstorm can bring wind along with it that ends up breaking the windows of your home. This can make an easy entrance for water to get into your home, and the interior can be damaged due to too much water

The Flood Water Becomes Contaminated

When your home is taken over by a flood and the water accompanying it, various toxic chemicals can creep in. This is due to the fact that bacteria, mud, chemical toxins and different sewage chemicals are located inside of this floodwater. 

Due to this, your water is no longer purified, which makes it more damaging to your home. Chemicals from waste and spillage have also formed inside of the water, making it harmful to your home as well. 

Mold Damage Forms 

After the contaminated floodwater sits in the various areas of your home for too long, mold can begin to grow. It grows the strongest when there is a large amount of moisture forming inside of a home with extra humidity. This is why a lot of molds commonly grow inside of your basement, so make sure to check down there when a flood has taken over. 

Cleaning Up After the Damage 

Once this damage occurs in your home, you’re going to want to begin cleaning up after it before further damage takes place. Get rid of any flooded belongings in your home, as these may contain harmful bacteria that formed from the floodwater. 

Go through your items like your rugs, furniture, mattresses and more. If they have been wet by floodwater for longer than a day, they’re most likely damaged and will need to be thrown out. If you have any non-fabric types of items such as plastic or glass belongings, there is a good chance they haven’t been damaged from the flood. Dry and disinfect these items as soon as you can to have them properly cleaned and saved. 

Recovering From Flood Damage 

Flood damage is never easy to undergo, but there are ways to get proper help when recovering from this situation. This is why MD Restoration is always around to help make this difficult time easier to handle. Give us a call today so we can help repair your home from any damage and help advise you on the next steps to take after this disaster strikes.

Preventing Basement Flooding

 

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If you have ever experienced basement flooding or any water damage, you know how stressful and expensive it can be. No one wants to deal with flooding more than once. Luckily with a little bit of maintenance and a watchful eye, you help reduce the chances of flooding in your basement. Using these simple tips will help to keep your basement dry.

Inspect and Fix Foundation Holes and Cracks

Holes and cracks in your foundation are water’s favorite way to get into your basement. To prevent water from getting in, you need to do an inspection of the foundation, basement walls, and floors on a regular basis. You should fill any holes or cracks you find with epoxy. If the problem persists, you should call a professional.

Add Window Well Covers

While having below-grade windows in your basement adds light, they can cause flooding. All below-grade windows should have a well cover over them. When a window well cover is installed correctly, your basement waterproofing will greatly improve. To keep the light in your basement, you should look for clear window well covers.

Landscape Your Yard Properly

The direction of your landscaping can make a difference when it comes to basement flooding. If the direction of your landscaping goes towards your home, then when it rains the water will drain down towards your house. A little bit of rain won’t make a big difference, but bigger storms will cause a pool of water. The pool of water will eventually find a way into your home. To fix a landscaping issue, you may need to regrade your yard or install French drains.

Inspect Sewers and Clean Septic System

You may not think about inspecting your sewers or cleaning your septic system. However, skipping this maintenance tip can lead to major basement flooding. Over time, clogs and backups are bound to cause a flooding issue.

Maintain Gutters and Downspouts

You may already clean and maintain your gutters and downspouts to keep them in better shape. Maintaining your gutters and downspouts does more than keeping them in top shape; it also helps reduce flooding issues. If your gutters are clogged, and your downspouts are not pointed in the right direction, then the overflow of water from your gutters will pool around your house.

Proper Sump Pump Maintenance

A broken or a non-functioning sump pump is the number-one reason for basement flooding. Just having a sump pump does not mean you are protected from flooding. In order to be completely protected, your sump pump has to be working correctly. If you know a storm is coming, you should check to make sure your sump pump is working properly. Another thing you should have is a generator in case the power goes out.

Cleaning Up Basement Flooding

Following these basement flooding maintenance tips will help reduce the chances of a flood in your basement. But, they do not guarantee that a flood will not happen. When your basement floods know you always have someone to help at MD Water Restoration. For more information on cleaning up basement flooding contact MD Water Restoration.

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