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Kitchen Appliances Can Cause Water Damage And Restoration Costs

water damage cleanup indianapolis, water damage restoration indianapolis, water damage repair indianapolisIn the U.S., the common size of a kitchen ranges from 10% to 15% of total floor space. So overall, average kitchens in the U.S. are about 170 square feet. No matter the size, your kitchen is an obvious zone of high water risk. Large sinks take in and drain large amounts of water. Plumbing leaks and clogs can cause backups and overflows. And all those appliances can cause water damage to walls, floors and cabinetry. Some of the more risky spots in your home are: 

Refrigerator

  • Your refrigerator and freezer also have a potential for moisture damage issues. The water lines that provide the ice maker and any dispensers can get kinked or break, spilling a consistent small stream of water that can build up under the fridge. 
  • A more common issue on an everyday basis will be the area below your water and ice dispensers. Catching any stray drops or ice cubes is a great way to keep water damage from developing over the long-term.

Dishwasher

Dishwasher leaks can be hidden from view under your counter; keep an eye on the floors and toe-kicks around the unit. Notice any warping of the floor, wet spots, or even an unusual softness to the step when you walk around it. If you reveal a leak and you aren’t able to locate or reach an intermediate shutoff valve,  turn off the main water supply valve to your home. Then call Total Restoration GC to handle the situation.

Countertop Accidents

Sometimes errant water escapes and causes water damage to nearby materials. For example, if you often boil a huge pot of water for your family’s weekly pasta meal, you could be inviting damage. When cooking on an unvented cooktop, the steam and overspill can damage the cabinet above or drywall nearby. 

Other kitchen appliances that use water can also leak and cause damage: rice cookers, crock pots, blenders, coffee makers, juicers. Always check the area around them and be sure they are dry before storing.

Additional Risks

Water damage is a progressive issue; the longer that small water leak is allowed to drip, the worse it is going to get. Water can warp ,weaken, and corrode materials. A compromised structure can also lead to buckling floors and collapsing walls and ceilings. It also creates the perfect breeding ground for germs, dust mites, and other contaminants. 

Both mold and mildew thrive on areas with excess moisture. When water intrusion occurs, mold can grow undetected indoors until it forms large colonies. These colonies will release mold spores into the air, causing skin and respiratory irritations as well as unpleasant odors. As a full-service contractor, Total Restoration is able to mitigate water damage and restore your property.

For Water Damage Restoration In Indianapolis

Kitchens are the heart of the home– and ground zero for water damage. When disaster strikes your house you want the best players on your team.  Total Restoration offers emergency services 24/7 to help your business recover from water, fire and mold damage. As soon as you find signs of water damage, call Total Restoration.