When a slow leak may go unnoticed, and water is allowed to sit for an extended amount of time it can pose a serious risk for both structural damages and pose a risk of those who occupy the home.
Structural damage occurs from slow leaks that will affect ascetics and the structural integrity of the home. The most visible signs that may signal a problem include staining, discoloration, or steaks on the wall or ceiling. Aesthetics are only the start; persistent water damage can cause intense structural damage. Warped and swollen drywall weakened framing.
Mold Growth: Mold spores can live and exist everywhere, causing little to no problems as long as the area stays dry. Mold requires moisture, oxygen, and an organic food source to grow and reproduce. Most of the building materials in your home consist of organic materials. The introduction of moisture into a property can create the perfect conditions for mold to grow. Undetected leaks give mold the chance to infest our home, potentially damaging the structure and risking the health of the occupants.
To fix a leaking refrigerator you first need to establish why it leaking and where it comes from. Before you begin taking apart your refrigerator make sure you are not removing anything that would void any warranty you may have. Here are some things you may be able to do to try and fix a leaking refrigerator. As always it is usually best to call a professional and have them diagnose and repair appliances and call MRC Restoration for any water damage that occurs.
A common cause for a leaking refrigerator is a blocked defrost drain and the best way to fix this problem is to flush the drain from the inside of the freezer with warm water and a small funnel.
Ice build-up in your freezer can cause water to puddle under your refrigerator. Leaving the freezer door open too long can raise the humidity in the freezer resulting in frost and ice build-up and as it melts it will pool under the refrigerator so try and close the freezer door and keep closed.
According to Home Advisor, the average amount homeowner will pay in water damage repairs in 2022 is $3,187 with a range from $1,213 to $,5164. Of course, any cost depends on several factors.
There can be several causes for a fridge to begin leaking from the bottom these are just a few of the most common issues:
Clogged Defrost Drain: The defrost drain prevents the fridge from freezing. The fridge atomically defrosts itself and drips the water down into a pan, sometimes food particles or other debris will cause this small drain to clog and lead to ice build-ups.
Leaking Ice Maker or Supply Line: If a small leak has recently started, only a small amount of water may have been accumulated. In cases where a drip has continued for a longer period, you may begin to notice signs of water damage along baseboards or walls. It may appear as holes, splits, or discoloration in these materials. If you notice any of these signs of a leaking ice maker, contact MRC Restoration before the problem causes extensive damage.
A leaking water heater is nothing to take lightly over time the leak can cause severe water damage. A few possible causes include:
Faulty Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve (Or Excess Pressure Buildup in Tank): The Temperature & Pressure relief valve is a safety feature found on all water heaters. It releases pressure from the tank through a drain line directed at the floor – if the pressure gets too high in the tank, water will typically be emptied through this drain line as the pressure is relieved.
Drain Valve Leak: If you notice the water heater is leaking at your drain valve this may have become damaged or cracked. This is an easy fix and a qualified professional can complete this in less than an hour. Simply by draining the tank and replacing the valve.
Internal Tank Leak: A very common cause of a faulty tank or internal tank leak is from failing to remove sediment from the water tank causing cracks and holes in your water heater the only way to repair this is to replace the water heater. This is a very common incident from very hard water. It is recommended that you remove this sediment and flush your tank every six months.
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