What To Do When Your Dishwasher Floods Your Kitchen
Everyone has a dishwasher nowadays. They’re a reality inexpensive investment when you consider how much easier they make your life. While the idea of leaving your dirty dishes for the machine to handle while you go out and live your life seems convenient and appealing, that notion quickly slips away when you experience a dishwasher flood.
If you walked into your kitchen only to be greeted by a wet, soapy floor, you understand the frustration. At best, you caught the flood the moment that it started. Worst case scenario, the water won the battle. You may think that everything can be easily fixed, but you’d be surprised at the potential for hidden damage that you may not know can occur.
Flooding is an urgent situation, and it is imperative that you handle it immediately and effectively. If you’re comfortable laying the groundwork on your own, you need to get started as soon as humanly possible. If you need a little more guidance, a quick call to a plumber or a home restoration can provide you with a real time walkthrough of what you can do to ease the situation before a qualified professional arrives to do the dirty work.
Turn off the Water
A dishwasher flood will usually happen as a result of three things: user error, machine failure, or a plumbing issue. Until you know which scenario you’re in, turn off the water to the area. If you aren’t positive that your plumbing is secure, do not attempt to turn the water back on before having a professional investigate the situation and present you with a verdict.
In the event that a pipe has burst, water will continue to leak out faster than you can clean it up, causing a perpetual stream that will continue to damage your home. This damage can extend to other rooms, extending a localized problem to a problem that will affect your whole home.
If there are any visible pipes in easily accessible areas, such as the cabinet under your sink, check them for signs of leakage. If your pipes aren’t working properly, you’ll need to have them fixed immediately. Never take chances with the integrity of your plumbing, as plumbing problems that are ignored or improperly handled can lead to the development of mold, or even cause your walls to rot.
You May Need To Shut off Your Electricity
Disable your dishwasher, and let everyone in your household know that it isn’t safe to use. If water and electricity come together, this can create a catastrophic issue that’s much more complicated to combat. If you see sparks or smoke, smell gas, or hear any buzzing noises, turn off your breaker and move all of your housemates outside. Call for emergency assistance, and don’t re-enter your home until after the issue has been resolved and your home is declared safe.
Clean Up As Much Water as Possible
If there are puddles, don’t let them sit. Focus on soaking up any visible water before it can travel to other areas or be absorbed, causing further damage. If you have hardwood floors or vulnerable tile, you’ll need to dry the area as quickly as possible. Check all surrounding cabinets for pools of water and soak them up as quickly as possible.
Since your cabinets and the area under your floors aren’t designed to be saturated and don’t have access to proper channels for water to escape, some damage may have already transpired. There is no simple method for thoroughly drying these areas without special equipment, and it’s inadvisable to attempt to remove flooring or cabinetry on your own at the risk of creating additional damage.
Clear Out Your Cabinets
There’s no sense in allowing your material possessions to be damaged. Pull everything out of the cabinets surrounding your dishwasher. Discard what’s ruined, and wash the things that can safely be washed. Removing all the items from underneath these areas will allow you to see if more water is coming in. This is a sign that your walls are saturated.
While this process won’t do much to rectify the damage that’s already been done, it will allow you to keep an eye on the situation and make sure the area is as dry as you can possibly get it.
If The Flood Sat For An Extended Period…
If the flood sat for an extended period, you may already be in trouble. Mold can grow as quickly as 24 hours, so if the flood was unnoticed for at least that amount of time, it’s likely that you’ll need serious help. You should still follow the above procedures upon your discovery of the flood, but you’ll need to enlist specialized help to repair the damage before it becomes nearly impossible.
Get Water Damage Help
Since mold grows quickly and it’s difficult to determine what the inside of your walls and areas under your cabinets and floorboards look like, your best bet is to call a professional home restoration specialist. Our experts are trained in the art of battling water damage, and know what to look for. We’ll be able to recognize signs of larger problems and smaller details that you may not even know to look for. If you have water damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!
While you may feel content handling the surface of the issue on your own, preferring to save the time and money by doing what you can to ameliorate the flooding issues you can see, you run the risk of creating larger problems down the line.
Since mold develops very fast and the likelihood of water completely evaporating in a dark, enclosed area within 24 hours is slim to none, chances are that mold will take root in your walls, under your floors, and in your cabinets. If it spreads, you’ll need to replace or restore more than you would have if you had acted immediately. It’s never worth taking that gamble with your home, especially when it comes to the safety of your family.