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Appliance Caused Water Damage in Geneva, OH

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Almost all homes in the U.S. have several major appliances. These machines serve us greatly and are incredibly useful in the everyday life of all home/apartment owners.  These appliances require a significant water connection to operate correctly and with anything that needs a large water supply, there is a possibility of disaster.

Although these machines generally operate smoothly and serve their purpose, they can malfunction from time to time leaving your home with a major mess and leaving you with a headache. It is strongly encouraged to check these appliances and their water connection often. It is important to check all your home appliances, big and small, although there are a few major ones you should keep a close eye on:

Hot Water Heater

Water heater leaks happen often and can easily go unnoticed due to their placement within a home, usually in basements with little traffic. Hot water heater leaks or bursts are among the top five causes of water damage to your home. It is believed, every 12 years 75% of hot water heaters will fail which will result in $4,444 in damage.

Washing Machine

The use of too much detergent is a leading cause of water damage as it pertains to home washing machines. It is also important to examine other aspects of the machine such as fixtures, clamps, door seals, and water hoses for any cracks or wear and tear that may result in future malfunction then water damage.


It is important to make sure your freezer door closes and seals properly to prevent an accumulation of condensation. This condensation will eventually drain towards the bottom of the freezer and spill out. Automatic ice maker machines are also critical to keep an eye on. The hose could become disconnected or even damaged which will leak water fast.


Much like the washing machine, the use of too much detergent will likely result in gallons of water coming from the dishwasher. Other issues stem from faulty float switches and clogged drains.

To prevent these often overlooked, home appliances from causing you a major headache it is encouraged to maintain normal inspections on all drains and hoses attached. You may also need to replace your major appliances every 5-10 years. If you experience water damage from any of your home appliances call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360!

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