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Refrigerator Water Damage

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Fridges are a welcome necessity in every home; however, they are also unfortunately a potential source of water damage that can often go unnoticed before it has already caused damage to your home. Since typically your refrigerators are not moved around a lot seeing behind or underneath them is not easy, so it’s unlikely that you’ll notice a puddle forming until it is large enough to expend past the fridge. Continue reading for some common causes of leaky refrigerators so that you can keep a lookout and hopefully prevent damage from happening to your home.

Clogged Defrost Drain – Fridges typically will defrost regularly and drain the resulting water through to the back of the fridge into a drain pan. If the drain line running to the pan becomes clogged the excess water will build up inside your freezer and drip down the fridge to the floor instead of the drain pan.

Damaged Drain Pan – Like mentioned above, when fridges defrost the water is collected into a drain pan underneath the fridge. Typically, there is enough time between defrosts for the water in the pan to evaporate, but if the pan is damaged then the water won’t be collected at all and ends up in a puddle on the floor.

Water Dispenser Leak – Not all refrigerators have a water dispenser, but these are a pretty common source of leaking from them. Common issues are improper installation, incorrect water filters, and not replacing old/worn lines.

Ice Maker Leak – This is similar to the above water dispenser leaks, but ice makers are a little more common in most fridges. These lines can become detached or cracked causing leaks that can go unnoticed until large puddles have formed.

Excess Condensation – If your fridge is older or otherwise has damaged seals, it may have to work harder to keep the proper temperatures inside. This can cause condensation buildup on the coils behind the fridge that can drip down to the floor or even damage the wall behind the fridge.

While these kinds of water damage are not always preventable proper maintenance and regular inspection of the areas around and behind your fridge can help to mitigate the damage that is caused. With water damage, time is of the essence so the faster the damage is noticed and addressed the less likely secondary damage is going to occur. We here at SERVPRO of Portsmouth understand this importance and that’s why we’re available 24/7, 365 days a year for emergency services should you discover a leak in your fridge has damaged your home. So, don’t delay and give us a call and let us know how we can help.

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