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Simple Tips to Prevent Water Damage from Home Appliances

Believe it or not but home appliances are one of the leading culprits for causing water damage in the home. When most homeowners think of water damage, they think about heavy rain, thunderstorms, and burst water mains. To safeguard your home and valuables against water damage, take a look at these tips.

Dishwasher

The dishwater water supply has a high enough pressure to cause water damage like any broken pipe elsewhere in the home. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your dishwater’s functions, looking out for early signs of dishwasher leaks that are often underneath or behind the appliance. Check for leaks while the unit is off and also while it’s filling.

Washing Machine

Washing machines are fitted with standard rubber water supply hoses that eventually wear down over time and use. Once they become brittle, they can crack and rupture without warning. To prevent an unwanted leak, make a habit to replace the washer supply hoses every five years. To better prevent water damage, upgrade the hose to a braided stainless steel supply line that has a longer service life.

Refrigerator

The refrigerator’s plastic or copper water tube that supplies the icemaker with fresh water connects to the rear of the appliance. If the unit is shoved too close to the wall, the plastic tube may be crushed and crack under pressure. If the fridge is pulled too far away, there may be too much stress on the tube, causing it to break. Check the connection often and be mindful of this when moving the fridge around.

These tips can help you to protect your home and belongings from water damage. When you’re ready to secure a quality homeowners insurance policy, talk to the friendly experts at Jack Stone Insurance Agency. We serve Antioch, Brentwood, and surrounding cities in California. Contact us today to get started!

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