Preventing water damage from appliances

Four appliances are most often the culprits when household water leaks spring up: your washing machine, refrigerator dishwasher and sump pump.  Inspecting these appliances several times a year could save you the time and money you could lose repairing and cleaning up a bigger water problem down the line.

Washing machines

Routinely check the supply line connected to your washing machine.

All materials have a life expectancy, which can be lengthened or shortened by many factors: water type, water pressure, installation techniques and use frequency. Look for signs of leaking like corrosion or water deposits. If needed, replace the rubber or rigid metal with braided metal supply lines, many of which have built-in leak detectors and shutoff valves.


Refrigerators with icemakers can spring a leak if the water line gets damaged, clogged or crimped. Check the water supply line to make sure it is securely attached. If at some point, you do have to replace the line, the good news is it only costs around $25. 


Your dishwasher can leak under the sink or around its base. Check for: 

  • Discoloration of the dishwasher or floor
  • Warped or soft floor materials
  • Water damage to nearby cabinets

If you find any of these signs, call a plumber to see if your dishwasher can be repaired, or if it’s time to replace it.

Sump pumps

If your home has a sump pump, you should have a back-up to your primary power source installed, like a battery backup or generator. Test it annually, preferably before your wettest season.


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