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How to Prevent Water Damage in the Kitchen – Part 2

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Man using a spirit levelThe kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas for water damage. A routine check may help you prevent water damage in the kitchen.

Taking time to regularly check will prevent water damage in the kitchen. Now that you have checked the refrigerator, sink and countertops and the dishwasher, you need to check certain other appliances where most of the damage caused due to water starts with a small leak or drip, which can be easily prevented if you look at the right places. The following list of helpful tips will help you saving lots of money. Most of the homeowners’ policies cover damage from accidents or failures, but what they don’t cover is the damage that is caused due to lack of maintenance by you.

Washing machine

If your washing machine is installed in the kitchen, you should know that washing machines are generally one of major factors of water damage. You should inspect the hoses if there is wetness in the area. Check the faucet connection. See if the hose is bulging, cracking or fraying. In case you notice any of these problems, immediately replace the hose to prevent water damage.

Use linoleum tiles under sink

As stated earlier kitchen sink is a source of many water leaks. A small water leak can turn into huge repair bills due to water damage. One of the easiest ways to prevent water damage in the kitchen is installing linoleum tiles beneath your sink. You can peel and stick these tiles. They are quite inexpensive and are just few cents each. Most often ten to twelve linoleum tiles are more than enough. Apply kitchen caulking between tiles for more water proofing.

Cooking Range

Most people overlook cooking range as not much water is used there except for cleaning purposes. However, you must look for areas that are moist and search for water. If you notice any moisture or mold clean that area immediately and after locating the source of the problem, make repairs.

Kitchen Ceiling

You must regularly check the kitchen ceiling for any water spots. There might be dampness or signs of roof leaks. If you reside in an area that is prone to hail storm, then even your new roof can get damaged. Any early detection of roof leaks will save a lot of money and headache later.

Here are a few quick ways to identify probable water seepage…

– Look for musty smells that are similar to rotten vegetables. If you smell this way identify the source and fix it. Possible areas that will emit this odor are refrigerator and sink.

– Go in for visual inspection. There might be areas, which are black, especially around the sink or exhaust fans. Blackness occurs due to heavy seepage, which is then infected with mold or fungus.

– Check for the discolored walls, windows or bulging doors of the kitchen.

– Another quick way to identify water damage is to check peeled oil based paint.

Your kitchen is your precious asset and with regular maintenance you will be able to prevent water damage to the kitchen. Remember that these damages may silently build up and you may not be aware of them. Even though you may feel that the maintenance is relatively a minor issue currently, but over a couple of months you will realize the importance.

Updated: July 29, 2013 — 7:51 pm

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