As a local water damage company, we often encounter flooded kitchens from faulty refrigerators, ice makers, supply lines, and connecting parts. Over time, these appliances deteriorate and crack, the refrigerator is pushed against the wall, or a connection becomes loose. Use these helpful tips to avoid refrigerator and ice maker water damage.
While a fridge or ice maker leak may seem like a small issue, it can cause major problems for your wall, floor, and anything in the way. We have seen refrigerator and ice maker water damage issues both big and small. Here are some tips for handling this situation if it happens to you:
Typical Refrigerator & Ice Maker Water Damages & Repairs
If you catch the water in time, you may be able to soak up the water, dry the area, including the walls, and go on with your normal life. With the proper drying, mold growth shouldn’t be an issue.
On the other hand, if a significant amount of time passes and the water sits, you may be facing some water damage repairs to floors and drywall. Left too long, the water may lead to mold growth.
Do not attempt any water damage repairs without the proper expertise and tools.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Refrigerator & Ice Maker Water Damage?
To the dismay of many homeowners, a slow leak from a freezer, ice maker, or fridge will usually not be covered. Homeowners insurance typically only applies for sudden, accidental leaks from malfunctions. Negligence is excluded. (But check your policy or with your agent to make sure).
How to Prevent Kitchen Appliance Water Damage
If the water line breaks, gallons can accumulate in your kitchen in the blink of an eye. Alternatively, a leak can cause silent, but deadly destruction. Here’s how to prevent kitchen appliance water damage:
- Periodically remove dust and debris that collects behind the appliance.
- Remove hard water build up in the line.
- Use copper or stainless steel lines for replacement.
- Shut off the main water supply before leaving for extended periods of time.
- Keep an eye around the fridge and under sinks for signs of water damage.
- Invest in a water alarm/water leak detecter that will sound when it senses water.
- Use stop blocks to help prevent damage to the back of a refrigerator, particularly if the refrigerator tends to get pushed too far back against the wall or cabinetry. Stop blocks are placed on the floor behind the refrigerator to prevent it from being pushed too close to the wall.
Give Your Fridge a Little Love to Prevent Water Damage Cleanup
Keep your home safe from refrigerator water damage, mold, and other secondary damages by monitoring the area. If you should have a leak or flood, Restorations Pro is here to help!
Don’t Wait – Call Restorations Pro Today!
If you’ve experienced water, fire or smoke damage, don’t wait to call Restorations Pro. The longer you wait, the more damage can be done. We’re here to help you through this difficult time and get your property restored. Call us today at 423-520-6653 to learn more about our restoration services.