Appliances That May Cause Flooding Due To Improper Installation

Any appliance that feeds into a water source has the potential to develop a leak or cause a flood if malfunctioning or not properly installed. It’s because of this that many appliance delivery companies will not hook up the plumbing components upon installation. In many cases, they feel the liability is too great. The most common appliances that can create a flooding scenario due to improper plumbing line installations are refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers.

Refrigerators

When the refrigerator is opened, warm air passes over the condenser and creates condensation. Most refrigerators have drain lines meant to siphon off this condensation. When the drain becomes clogged, the water can pool in the bottom of the refrigerator. For this reason, these drain lines should be cleaned periodically.

Another problem can be the water supply line to the ice machine. When this is not properly installed, or if it comes unattached, it can become a flooding hazard. On occasion, the water line to the refrigerator can burst. Because plumbing lines are under a great amount of pressure, any plumbing supplies to an appliance can spew a great deal of water even with a small hole or breach.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers have been known to overflow for a variety of reasons. From a float switch to the wrong detergent to a strainer clog, the overflow usually can be remedied with a simple appliance repair in Niagara Falls or a good cleaning. But there are times when the leak is due to a plumbing connection. The leak could be in the discharge hose or any one of the fittings that connect the dishwasher to the water supply. These types of leaks can easily result in flood damage to your home.

Washing Machines

Any leak from a washing machine can lead to a dramatic flooding hazard. The water inlet and hose connections, gaskets, seals, and pump are the most common areas where leaks occur. Your washing machine can have the potential for a large flood if not installed properly.

Many line failures to a water source are due to improper installation. In order to ensure that there is no problem when we install any appliance that is attached to a water source, we put down a sheet of paper in front of the appliance. Even if there is a very slow leak, it will show on the paper over the next 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a leak with any appliance, unplug the appliance and shut off the water source. Then immediately call an appliance repair company in Niagara Falls. At Platinum Appliance Repair, we will respond to your leak or flood emergency immediately. Call us for any appliance installation or appliance repair services in San Diego County.

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