Is Water Near the Fridge A Bad Sign?

water damage restoration nampa, water damage cleanup nampa, water damage repair nampaWater damage always has a scary element of the unknown. Most times, Nampa homeowners don’t discover water damage until long after the initial leak or break. A leaky refrigerator is a perfect example. Since the fridge blocks your view of the wall and floor behind the unit, you often don’t notice water damage unless the leak creates a visible puddle. 

The bad news is. in the time it takes you to react, your kitchen floors, walls, and cabinets might incur damage that requires water damage restoration. The good news is that UltraClean is ready to help you today.

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How Long Before My Fridge Causes Water Damage?

If you were lucky (?) enough to see your fridge start leaking, act quickly. The length of time before damage begins depends on the materials in your kitchen that got wet. Plus, the science indicates that mold and mildew can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours. 

Unfortunately, refrigerator water damage seldom happens suddenly. Often, the plastic water line behind the refrigerator will crack or weaken, causing a slow leak. Over the years, this leak drips water down to the floor and wall beneath the fridge, causing slow but progressive refrigerator water damage.

In both situations , a puddle of water underneath or inside the fridge means there’s a problem that needs immediate attention. You need to act now to protect your home against future damage. 

Check The Defrost Drain First

A blocked defrost drain is one of the most common causes of water leaking from your refrigerator and is a good place to start troubleshooting. The small drain opening is easily blocked by food particles or ice, preventing water that accumulated during the defrost cycle from draining to the pan. When enough water builds up, it starts leaking out of the refrigerator and onto the floor.  

Instructions on how to clean or clear a clogged defrost drain will be in the Owner’s Manual. Check the web for your model’s specs. 

Do You Have Drain Pan Problems?

Not as common, but occasionally the leak is from a crack in the drain pan at the bottom of the refrigerator. It is normal for a small amount of water to accumulate in the drain pan, but it is not normal for it to escape the pan. Water in the drain pan should evaporate due to the condenser fan blowing warm air across the surface of the pan. Examine the drain pan for any cracks or damage, especially if the defrost drain is clear and there is sign of water on any other part of the refrigerator. This inexpensive pan should be replaced if it is damaged.

Does The Water Filter Fit Well?

A poor connection between the water filter and the water supply can cause a leak in refrigerator models with a filtering system. The filter may be installed improperly, the wrong size or model for the refrigerator, or it may be so old that the housing or seals are cracked, allowing water to escape. (The filter must be the exact one specified for the refrigerator.)

Is The Water Line Damaged?

For the units with a water and ice dispenser, the fragile plastic water lines can break suddenly. Water-line connections can also come loose or the seals can age and crack, leading to leaks. Those simple plastic hoses can also get kinked, creating pressure that turns into a leak at the connection. This repair would usually be covered under your refrigerator warranty; don’t delay making that call. Then call our water damage restoration experts to check out any resulting water damage. 

Do You Need To Level The Refrigerator?

Sometimes the solution is easy (and free!) When you see water under a refrigerator, check the front legs. Condensation is supposed to run from inside the refrigerator into a drain hole, and then into a drip pan underneath, where it evaporates. If the refrigerator is completely level or tipped slightly forward, the water may not be able to flow into the drain. 

All you have to do to get it working is to adjust the front legs so that the refrigerator tips back slightly. That tilt also makes the door swing closed after you turn away from the refrigerator.

Will Insurance Cover The Cost?

Most homeowners insurance policies help to pay for water damage if the cause was “sudden and accidental.” According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners insurance may help pay for repairs if, for instance, your drywall is soaked after your water heater ruptures or pipe bursts and water saturates the ceiling below. 

How Does UltraClean Take Care of Water Damage?

UltraClean starts by removing as much water as possible using top-of-the-line industrial extraction equipment. Extraction is over 1900% more efficient than any other drying method, and our technicians have the training and knowledge to remove the water as fast as possible to get your structure dried quickly

Once the extraction process is complete, our water damage restoration technicians will strategically place state-of-the-art commercial dehumidifiers, fans, specialty drying equipment (hardwood floor drying systems, tile drying systems, etc.) and HEPA certified air filters to quickly and efficiently dry the home. We monitor the moisture content of the affected areas daily, making any necessary adjustments until the home is safe and dry.

For Water Damage And Worse in Nampa

The water damage restoration experts at UltraClean have been keeping the Treasure Valley safe and dry since 1999. We pride ourselves on long standing client relationships and customer satisfaction. We’re experts at handling all kinds of property damage. Additionally, we believe your physical structure is just part of the story: dealing with water or other damage can be extremely stressful, and we’re here to bring you peace of mind and get life back to normal as efficiently as possible.

Count on us to help you with household emergencies, including virus disinfection. To partner with a local, professional water damage restoration team who cares about you and who will prioritize getting your property back to normal as soon as possible, contact us or visit our site. There you can learn more about our services, read some testimonials or use the contact form for a personalized response.