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How Your Appliances Might Cause A Water Damage Issue

9/26/2023 (Permalink)

Warped hardwood floor from water damage Warped hardwood floors are a sign that water is/was somehow affecting your home.

Our SERVPRO franchise, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, is always looking out for home and businessowners in our local community. Throughout September, National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO is here to share useful tips that might save your property from disaster. Today, we are discussing appliances! To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, we suggest you get the following appliances checked once a year:  

Washing Machine 

When a washing machine has a small leak, it can appear to be a small issue. Although a small leak seems to be a minor, it should not be ignored. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken into an all-out basement flood. To prevent water damage, check the connecting hoses leading to your washing machine a couple of times per year. 

In some cases, you may want to install an automatic shutoff valve to the water supply line for their washing machines. Most water shut off valves on washing machines work because they automatically shut the water entering the washing machine once a full cycle is complete. The valve will remain closed until the next person is looking to wash the laundry.  

Refrigerator Water Line 

Everyone enjoys the convenience of an automatic ice maker. Did you know it can also be the culprit of household floods? Our SERVPRO of Glen Burnie crews have dried water damage caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water line gets damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. We know it might be a hassle to get behind your refrigerator, but it is essential to waterline periodically for crimps and make sure the valve connection is secure.  


Your dishwasher has a supply line just like your refrigerator and washing machine. If a dishwasher water supply line bursts, your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. In some of our more severe water damage caused by dishwashers, we have seen a dishwasher back up. Backup typically occurs when debris clogs the drain, and the water has nowhere to go.  

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends routine inspection of the hoses and connections to your water-based appliances. These are three of the most common home-owner water damage that our team sees.  

If your Glen Burnie property suffers water damage, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie as soon as possible. Our team is available 24/7 at (410) 766-1110. 

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