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Water damage is the most common home disaster claim filed every year across the country. Since our homes in Las Vegas have become so much more than they ever have been this year (can you say home school or work from home?), it is important to be aware of water damage and how it can occur. Here are some of the most common appliances that, while making our lives at home much easier and more convenient, can cause serious water damage cleanup costs to your home in North Las Vegas:
On average, washing machines use 30 gallons of water per load. Because of all the water running in and out of the washing machine, it is a common culprit of water damage and cleanup issues. The water supply hoses can deteriorate over time, and the connections can loosen. The water hoses should be checked regularly and routinely to ensure that the connections are secure, and that there are no leaks in the hoses. To prevent the washing machine from flooding, do not overfill the tub, avoid using too much detergent, and be sure that you are using the right detergent for your machine. Keep your eye on the hoses and replace them at least every 5 years. If you notice your washing machine leaking water, shut off the water supply to it and call to get it serviced before using it again.
Like the washing machine, the dishwasher is another common cause of water damage cleanup in the home. Most cycles use around 6 gallons of water, so although it does not use as much water as the washing machine, it can still cause some serious damage if it leaks. Using too much dish soap, adding too much dish soap, and having a clogged kitchen drain are some of the things that can cause the dishwasher to malfunction and cause water damage in your home. Be sure to clean out your dishwasher regularly to avoid clogs, and make sure that you are not overfilling the dishwasher. Check the water hoses regularly for any signs of leaks and get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible if you notice anything that could compromise its integrity.
In Las Vegas, our air conditioners get a lot of use. As a staple in our homes, our AC units need regular and routine maintenance to prevent them from leaking water all over the inside. To cool down the air, air conditioners remove moisture from the air. If not properly drained, or if blocked or clogged, that moisture will leak out. Most people never suspect their AC units as the source of water damage, so leaks can go unnoticed or unattended for prolonged periods of time. Check your air conditioner at least once, if not twice, each year to be sure that it is functioning correctly and to prevent it from causing water damage cleanup in your home.
If you find water damage in your home, regardless of the source, the water damage cleanup experts at Design Builders are ready to respond and quickly to minimize the damage and restore your home. We are here for all your water damage cleanup needs.