Appliance Hose Leaks & Water Damage In Your Home
Hose leaks and burst pipes can spell big, costly trouble. It is important to check hoses and connections on your dishwasher, sink, washing machine, and ice maker in your fridge at least once a year. Water damage from failing pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliance hoses cause over 50% of all home property damage.
The American Insurance Association (AIA) reported during a two-year period, water leaks in homes resulted in property losses of nearly $10 billion in the United States. Appliance hose leaks and the water damage they cause is directly a result of freezing pipes and plumbing failures, which both occur here in Charlotte, NC. The AIA reported water leaks and water damages, as the fastest growing component of home insurance. The amount needed to repair the damage caused by water hose leaks can be over $20,000 on average.
If your water hose lines are connected with rubber hose, you are at risk for thousands of dollars worth of water damage. These hoses are under constant pressure, causing them to be prone to hose leaks or even bursting. Over time these leaks not only cause water damage they often cause a mold problem too. Routinely inspecting your appliance and plumbing hoses significantly reduces your chances for water damage or mold growth in your home!
How To Prevent Appliance Hose Leaks and Water Damage:
- Locate your water shutoff valve
- This will help in the event that you do have a leak, you will be able to stop the water more quickly, preventing any further damages. The water shut off valve is usually in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the home. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it’s open. By turning off this valve, you are cutting off the water supply to the entire house.
- Replace all rubber hoses
- Replace your rubber hoses with steel braided hoses, they are the least likely to burst. Rubber hoses can last two to five years, while steel hoses will likely last the lifetime of your appliance. The hoses are available at your local home improvement store. This simple replacement can potentially save you thousands of dollars in case of a water damage emergency.
Inspect hoses and connections
- Inspect hoses and connections to all appliances at least once per year. Most home insurance agencies recommend that washing machine hoses be inspected regularly. By doing this, you will be able to notice any bulging, frayed, corroded or brittle hoses. If you find the condition of the hose to be poor, replace the hose immediately!
Charlotte Appliance Water Damage
Although faulty appliances can lead to serious water damage, being aware and checking your appliances, may prevent any large, expensive issue. If you have water damage in your Charlotte home, call Disaster One. Our appliance water damage assessment strategy to dry the water damaged areas, will start quickly, which will limit water-damaged furniture, carpeting, and home foundations. Disaster One’s Charlotte office serves the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina including Concord, Fort Mill, Hickory, Shelby, Gastonia, Chester, Lancaster, and more.