Checking Your Refrigerator Saves Money in the Long Run
A home-owners kitchen houses many integral appliances for good health and a happy home.
Coffee-makers, refrigerator, sinks, dishwashers, and even water coolers may cause water damage.
Maintaining these appliances are integral to ensuring there is no water damage to incur at any point of time. The appliance most prone to causing water damage is the refrigerator; these are also the worst kinds of damage as they tend to start small and progressively get worse with more water leaks.
More so, these leaks tend to start in the back of the refrigerator, out of one’s normal line of view. Common reasons as to why these appliances leak are due to drain blockage, un-leveled flooring and/or the water supply line of the ice maker component.
- Drain Blockage from the Defrosting Component
- The defrosting drain can become blocked after continued use, causing ice or other debris to build up. Not only making your appliance prone to leaking but makes the fridge a little less functional. It is recommended to flush this drain system once every six months or two times a year. To flush the drain simply add one teaspoon of baking soda to hot water. Put this down the drain and the pipe should be good.
- Leveling the Refrigerator Properly
- It is important to make sure that your fridge is slightly higher in the front then in the back, that way the coolant can flow properly within the appliance. This should be checked every time you install new flooring or when once buys a new fridge. The front should be a quarter inch to half an inch higher from the back area of the fridge. When it is not flush the coolant has to work extra hard forcing more fluid in the pipes than need be. This also leads to leaks and stagnant liquid within your fridge causing more issues in the future.
- Watching the Water Line Supply
- It is important to be in tune with your appliance, when ice production is irregular or the flowage on the dispenser this could be there is a bigger underlying issue of a leaking water supply line. To check if it is or not simply pull the refrigerator away from the wall and look at the supply line itself in the back. This line has many different colors for different types of refrigerators, make sure to check the manual before inspecting them. Pulling the fridge too much can cause irreparable damage make sure to check with the utmost care.
Other indicators of water damage is warped flooring or swelling, this swelling when pushed down the water will erupt from it.
Any painted walls near the fridge with swelling, cracking, or bubbling are also good indicators of water damage. Yet the most important step is to find the source of the water damage and to stop it.
And once the source is stopped SERVPRO of East Honolulu can help dry the walls and all areas affected. Even aiding with the restoration process.
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