Avoid Damages by Inspecting Appliances
Being in the Charlotte, NC area, we're slightly less susceptible to some natural disasters. However, our homes and businesses are still very much at the mercy of appliance failures, which can lead to leaking, flooding, or fire. SERVPRO of South Charlotte is committed to helping you learn more about minimizing these risks.
Shut Your Water Off
Take a few minutes now to locate your water shut off valve so that you'll know where to go in an emergency. Your first step when you realize that there is flooding is to shut off the water source, usually at the main water line shut off in your home. There are usually separate shut off valves at sinks and toilets that can be used for these items.
Kitchen appliances are known for causing water loss:
• Periodically check around the sink, dishwasher and refrigerator for leaks where the water supply connects to the hose. If you have an ice-maker or water dispenser, check the water supply line connector.
• Inspect the cabinet under your kitchen sink for warped materials or water staining and pooling, which indicate probable water damage.
Washing Machine: Who knew that we should change out the water hoses on our washing machines regularly? It seems they should be replaced every four or five years! Replacement is important because the hoses can become damaged if the washing machine moves or vibrates during the wash cycle. Make sure that the drain tube is secure in the housing on the wall.
Clothes Dryer: Of course, we should clean the dryer's lint trap following each load. However, we also need to check the exterior vent occasionally as it can clog with lint, leaves, even birds nests! If a clog occurs, the dryer can start to function inefficiently, costing more and more money to operate. A malfunctioning dryer could also start a fire. Of course, fire damage would also lead to water damage as fire fighters extinguish the blaze.
Water Heater: Experts say most water heaters should be drained once a year to prevent sediment from forming at the bottom of the tank. Also, check to make sure your overflow line is clear and that your water heater is sitting on a pan that will contain smaller leaks.
Being aware that faulty appliances can lead to damage and checking said appliances may prevent expensive issues.
If you do have a water damage or fire damage in the Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Union County area, call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO of South Charlotte is locally owned and operated. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. Call us. (704) 333-7737