If you have been the victim of water damage you are already familiar with the stress that comes with handling the cleanup and repair process. Water damage can be caused by a number of different factors including natural and accidental flooding. According to homeowner’s insurance experts leaky appliances are one of the main sources of water damage in residential homes and commercial businesses. When you think of appliances that could be a source of water damage within your home you probably think of the obvious ones such as a dishwasher or washing machine but a leaky refrigerator can cause just as much damage especially to the wall and floor behind the refrigerator.
Causes of Fridge Leaking Water on Floor
In the majority of instances, water damage caused by your leaking refrigerator doesn’t just happen. In most cases the water line behind the refrigerator will begin to become brittle before cracking only to result in a slow leak. Over a long period of time, the leak will damage the floor and wall underneath your fridge. Other causes of water damage include leaking ice makers and condensation. Over a period of time moisture caused by condensation will result in a buildup of water on your walls and flooring resulting in considerable damage.
Repairing Water Damage from a Refrigerator
The type of repairs you will need will depend on the extent of the water damage you are experiencing. If the water has only been there for a short time you can probably remove the water and dry the surfaces completely to prevent mold and mildew growth. On the other hand, if the water damage occurred over a long period of time, you may also be experiencing mold growth under the flooring and behind the walls. This type of damage will require flooring and drywall replacement which can be expensive.
How to Prevent Refrigerator Line from Leaking & Causing Water Damage
One of the first steps to preventing refrigerator water damage is to ensure that you remove any dirt and debris from behind your fridge along with examining the water line for any cracks or buildup. Your Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio experienced repair technician can inspect your refrigerator as part of your annual maintenance plan to ensure it is functioning correctly along with replacing your water lines when needed. Secondly, you can add a water alarm behind your refrigerator which will sound at the first sign of condensation or water before permanent water damage can occur.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage from Refrigerators
You may be disappointed to discover that slow leaks, like those that occur when your toilet, ice maker and fridge are malfunctioning and leaking are not covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. In most instances your insurance will cover damage caused by a sudden or accidental leak for example a leak caused by a burst pipe. When it comes to damage caused by your refrigerator you should use preventative measures to ensure that your refrigerator is working correctly.
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