Four Sources of Water Damage in the Kitchen

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Four Sources of Water Damage in the Kitchen

The average American uses almost 100 gallons of water. Whether you are a gourmet chef or simply rinse out the Tupperware, your kitchen has multiple opportunities to spill water and damage your Broward County home. The team at Water Damage Express want to remind you of four areas to keep an eye on:


In today’s homes, the dishwasher conserves water, saves your hands, and keeps counters both clutter and germ-free. It is a valuable tool, whether you use it every day or only weekly. However, if your dishwasher fails, it can send 20 gallons of water onto your kitchen floor.

A dishwasher water line may slowly and silently degrade, leaking into the enclosed space underneath the appliance then rupture entirely. Inspect under the kickplate when you mop. Consider leaks or unexplained wetness as a warning sign. Shut off the dishwasher water supply valve under the kitchen sink and call a plumber.

Under-Sink Filter Systems

With the scandal in Flint, Michigan, many homeowners don’t trust the municipal water supply. Now, residential filtration technology has developed to the point it allows you take control and minimize the risks. The system installed in the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink may include water quality accessories such as canister filters or a reverse-osmosis filtration unit.

However, these canister filters can leak around the seal or fail entirely, releasing water under pressure. A cracked plastic supply line could also pose a risk of flooding. Keep an eye out for any moisture under the system.

Refrigerator Ice Maker

Many kitchen floods are caused by a broken refrigerator ice maker water supply line or connection. The typical plastic water supply line degrades and cracks; replace the inexpensive plastic with a copper or stainless steel line that offers better durability.

Be careful when moving the refrigerator. The supply line may become kinked or break if the refrigerator is shoved too close to the wall. Conversely, if the refrigerator is pulled too far from the wall when cleaning behind it, the water line or connection could be over-stressed and may rupture.

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals are one of the most useful appliances in your kitchen. They chop up and dispose of leftover food with the existing plumbing system and use only a  minuscule amount of electricity. However, a unit typically lasts seven or less years then mechanical failure can lead to home water damage.

Over time, water may seep through some of the areas where your disposal connects to the rest of your plumbing system. These leaks may leave puddles under your sink, pool on the floor by your cabinet, or drip from under the garbage disposal itself. It’s easy to mistake a dishwasher or sink leak for a disposal leak so have a water damage team like Water Damage Express find the cause of any leak that seems like it could be coming from your disposal.

Water Damage Prevention in Broward County

At Water Damage Express, we understand that your kitchen should be a place of fun and family. When water causes structural damage or a mold infestation, we will quickly and safely solve your water problems. Water Damage Express is a full service restoration team that will make your home a place of pride and joy.   
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