Water Damage due to Household Appliances
Water Damage due to Household Appliances
Imagine you come home from a long day of work to find that the dishwasher you had started in the morning had somehow sprung a leak during the cycle. Your hardwood floors are covered in water. Soaked. You can already see discoloration and warping beginning to take effect. Water damage due to household appliances was not something that you had prepared for. How long has the water been leaking? How do I clean this up? Does my insurance cover this? Does the flooring need replaced? These thoughts, plus plenty more, are running through your brain. You rush to the closet, grasping for towels. Fear and anxiety grip you as the prospect of contacting multiple companies and coordinating restoration efforts with your already hectic schedule seems nearly impossible to manage.
But what if you knew of a company that offered water restoration services? And I’m not talking just water cleanup--I’m talking the entire restoration process--from cleaning up the mess, ensuring everything is dry, and restoring your flooring (or any other damaged material) back to its pre-water damage condition. Sounds pretty great, huh?
Enter Delta Restoration Services— Grand Junction’s only full-service water restoration company. Delta Restoration Services not only offers water mitigation, but they offer water reconstruction services as well. This means that if your hardwood floors are ruined from your leaking dishwasher, Delta Restoration Services can save you the time and headache of contacting multiple contractors by replacing the floors after all water has been removed and the source of the leak fixed.
The distinction between a water mitigation company and a water restoration company is substantial. Water mitigation companies are simply concerned with mitigating or preventing any further damage. Those companies look to stop the source of water damage and get your personal belongings to a space where they won’t be damaged. Water mitigation companies do not concern themselves with restoring your home or workspace to its original condition. Delta Water Restoration Services, however, focuses not only on the initial water mitigation, but we are concerned with restoring your space so that there aren’t any traces that water damage even occurred. Click here to learn more about why it’s important to get professional help cleaning up water damage.
Insurance and Water Damage
When you live in a land-locked area like we do, water damage in Grand Junction isn’t something that the average person plans for. The reality is, though, on average in the United States, 1 in every 50 insured homes will have a water damage claim over the course of a year. In fact, it’s the second most reported insurance claim behind wind and hail damage. If you have a basement, well, be prepared because statistics show that 98% of people who own property that includes a basement experience water damage at some point. It’s important to ensure that you have proper insurance as a homeowner and as a renter in order to prepare for potential household hazards. If you are looking for a knowledgeable insurance agent who can assist you questions around insurance and water damage, Donna Smith at American National Insurance in Grand Junction, CO is well-versed in her field.
Appliances Most Likely to Cause Water Damage
We’ve already determined that water damage in Grand Junction isn’t just from flooding, but that oftentimes your household appliances are to blame. You might be wondering which appliances pose the greatest risk. Let’s take a look at the top five appliances most likely to cause water damage in your home:
- Water Heater
- The older your water heater, the more like it is to fail. If your water heater is over 11 years old, chances are high that it will not remain in working condition for long.
- The average cost to repair damage from water heater failure is over $4,000.
- Leaks or bursts (yikes!) in your water heater account for the majority of problems associated with them.
- It’s recommended that you flush your water heater once every 6 months. This will help get rid of any sediment build up that has occurred at the base of your tank.
- Air Conditioner
- Attic placed air conditioners result in the most substantial water damage in a home because the water is able to flow throughout the entire household.
- $5000 is roughly the amount of damage that will be incurred from flooding due to a malfunction in your air conditioner unit.
- Experts recommend installing a drainpipe on your air conditioning unit so that accumulating water is guided away from the house.
- As always, ensure that a professional is connecting and disconnecting your unit each season.
- Washing Machine
- The majority of washing machine leaks are a result of faulty hoses.
- Traditionally younger machines are more likely to have hose failures.
- It’s important to replace hoses every 5 years and to check hoses and fixtures for signs of wear and tear.
- Washing machines in houses that are vacant are 6 times more likely to result in water damage. Ensure that you switch off the water source to your machine if you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time. It’s also a good idea, that if your house is vacant, someone check on it routinely to ensure that everything is safe.
- Defrost drains that have frozen or clogged result in the most water damage from a refrigerator.
- Leaky ice makers can also be the culprits.
- Dishwasher leaks most often occur from faulty hose connections, valves, or switches.
- Ever heard that you shouldn’t add too much detergent to the cycle? Well the reasoning behind this is, if you do, a puddle of water can collect at the base of your dishwasher
- Dishwashers over a decade old may need to be replaced as a preventative measure. It’s always a good idea to have an appliance maintenance company check your appliances for routine preventative maintenance.
Contact a Professional
If you find yourself in the precarious position of experiencing water damage in Grand Junction firsthand, it is imperative that you contact a professional immediately. Delta Restoration Services knows how valuable your time is. That’s why they are available 24/7 and have a guaranteed response time of two hours or less. Let’s be honest, when it comes to response, time is money. Even a 1” pipe, if it bursts, can expel an average of 37 gallons per minute, and the average water heater holds 90 gallons of water. Personal safety is of course always the immediate concern when flooding or water damage is concerned, but people should also ensure that the long-term effects of water-damage are quelled before they take root— mold being the most obvious hazard you would want to prevent. Click here to read more about determining if mold remediation services are needed in your home.