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Your Kitchen and the Water Damage Threat
Water damage can occur in most any home, and for a number of reasons, but kitchens are usually ground zero when it comes to water damage problems. Kitchen water damage will affect almost any home you can find at some point, with varying levels of damage. Water damage is usually apparent through stains on the floor, walls, or cabinets. The most common problems are as follows.
Kitchen cabinets might have water damage around the floor or walls, indicating that the sink trap or drainage system might not be working properly. Any leak or backup, even on the smallest scale, can create serious water problems if allowed to remain unrepaired for an extended period of time.
Since water loves to run downhill, the flooring is a prime target for water problems, and as a result, wood flooring is not recommended for kitchen use. Wood flooring may warp and crack as a result of water damage, making repairs difficult. Make sure all hoses and drain lines servicing the dishwasher or fridge are tight and in good working condition. Replace these items as necessary.
If you find areas where the drywall is soft or easily breaks down, that may be a very good sign that water damage has taken place. Discolored or swollen drywall may be another dead giveaway.
The kitchen sink is one of the most commonly used components of your kitchen, and as a result suffers far more wear and tear. Check the sin regularly for leak problems, drainage issues, etc. Check under the sink, in the floor of the lower cabinets, for any signs of water stains or other telltale evidence of the presence of water. If the sink needs to be repaired or even replaced, do so immediately. Continuing to work with a damaged sink will only cause more water damage problems.
Dishwashers are another prime source for water damage, and one that can deliver a great deal of water through leakage very quickly if not caught in time. Water supply and drainage lines may fail, or the unit’s filter may become clogged, preventing the unit from draining properly. Steel braided hoses are recommended for any appliance use as they are stronger and longer lasting than the majority of available hoses.
The refrigerator is another top culprit when it comes to water damage in the kitchen. The rear of the fridge is a difficult one to reach, since moving the fridge can be awkward and cumbersome, however it is important to do so in order to check for signs of water damage. In many cases, water damage in this area may be given away by indications of mold along the back of the unit. Check the hose for the icemaker, and if possible (again) replace it with a longer lasting steel braided hose. Also, keep the drain pan of your refrigerator clean and dry to avoid water problems.