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Water damage from a leaking refrigerator? Find out why.

Kate Dempsey Aug 27, 2020 12:20:58 PM

Tips to prevent water damage from a leaking refrigerator from our friends at Service Master Dynamic Cleaning. 

These leaks are often small and  can go unnoticed for a long time. This is why it's usually the smallest leaks that cause the most damage! If not caught and restored properly, a water leak can cause mold to grow within 48 hours.

Follow these expert tips to help prevent water damage from fridge leaks:

• A defrost drain blocked with food and debris. A blockage can lead to ice build-up and water backup. Flush the drain with warm water or use a pipe cleaner to clear the clog.
• A pipe break in the water supply line. Regularly check the water supply line for cracks and kinks. These water lines are typically made from thin, plastic tubing that is highly susceptible to breakage.
• Ice build-up in the water line or the freezer. Check the seal on the doors to make sure they are not dry and cracked. Also, check to see if the fridge and freezer doors close on their own. If they need a push, the seal is not the best and will allow warm air in.
• The refrigerator is not at the proper level. The front of the fridge should be 1/4 inch lower than the back so that the coolant can flow freely. If not, the fridge has to work harder and condensation is created on the coils, causing water to drip and pool.

Water damage from a slow leak that goes unnoticed can cause significant damage. Here are some photos of a few water damage restoration jobs where the homeowner experienced a refrigerator leak. 

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Topics: condo unit insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Home Insurance, #waterdamage

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