3 Must Read Tips on Preventing Water Damage in Your Kitchen

Water damage is something no one wants to deal with. It can make home life very uncomfortable, which, in today’s time, people are spending more time in their homes than ever. Our experts have put together 3 tips to prevent water damage in your kitchen. Please read carefully and follow through with the suggestions put forth by our expert technicians. If you have any questions, please give us a call.


  1. The Refrigerator Water Supply Line. One Tiny Part Can Cause So Much Damage


When you think of water damage, you often think of basements full of water, or other types of major floods. While those are very devastating, most of the water damage to homes actually comes from other, smaller events. One of the most common events is an issue with your refrigerators water supply line. This is typically a small tube that is attached to the back of your refrigerator. Usually, the fittings around this tube happen to be plastic, so the slightest thing can cause them to crack. That crack can create dripping, which can go unnoticed for quite a while. While not being noticed, that water can create some heavy damage to your kitchen floor, and the drywall and surrounding area.

To avoid this kind of damage in your home, our experts recommend making sure your water supply line is not being bend or held in an extreme angle that can apply unnecessary pressure to the fittings. Our experts also recommend updating your fittings with metal ones that will last much longer.


  1. Dishwasher – So Much Help, Also Potential Harm


The dishwasher is one of the most loved appliances in your home. Most people just loathe having to do dishes, and this wonderful appliance has saved so many of us so much time! While it can do wonders, the dishwasher also has the potential to create lots of water damage in your home. So many moving parts, plus water equals many chances for failure. That failure can cause leaks. Some of those leaks can be small, and ones you don’t notice until the damage has been done, but others can cause minor flooding to occur.

Our experts recommend having your dishwasher serviced according to the manufacturers recommended schedule to prevent most potential failures. Don’t know when that schedule is? Talk to your local appliance repair company, and they’ll let you know. Another great tool of prevention is a water alarm, which is a battery-operated alarm you can place in your dishwasher tray. That alarm will sound as soon as water is detected, which will allow you to fix a problem immediately.


  1. Garbage Disposal – Water Damage You Look At Everyday

Another potential place for water damage in your kitchen is the garbage disposal. This item usually gives you signs of issues far before the other things on this list. One of the main ways a garbage disposal fails is the seal around the sink flange. It can also be any of the other parts, so the best way to tell is to identify where dripping is coming from. Often times, the slow leak of a garbage disposal is of very dirty liquids, so the presence of microbial growth is almost always the case.

Our experts recommend checking your garbage disposal every few months for any leaking. Pay attention to the cabinet underneath your sink. If there are any signs of increased moisture, or microbial growth, contact us today for a free wet check.


While these three tips won’t guarantee your kitchen to be spared of water damage, following our experts suggestions will alleviate the most typical concerns. As always, if you feel you have any kind of damage to your home, feel free to give us a call and discuss with one of our amazing technicians. Disaster Doctors will get you back to normal.