How to Deal with Dishwater Water Damage
Most people have dishwashers in their homes and most use them pretty frequently without ever having to deal with a leak coming from them. However, if you happen to find yourself unlucky enough to experience a leak in your dishwasher, you’ll find that it can quickly cover your entire kitchen floor with water and cause damage all over the kitchen from the floors to the cabinets and walls, as the water gets absorbed by all of the porous materials. To prevent these things from happening it’s important to address dishwasher leaks as soon as possible. We’re going to go over the things that you should to in order to help take care of the problem should your washer flood your kitchen.
1) Whenever there’s water damage to your home your first step should be to ensure that there is no water damage near anything electrical. If it does look like there is water near appliances or outlets, or if you aren’t sure, you should cut off the electricity to the area until you’re sure it is safe.
2) Next, you should begin to clean up as much of the water as possible as quickly as possible. Less water on the ground means less of a chance that it seeps into the subflooring and potentially causes more damage or hidden mold growth in your floors. Use towels, mops, and wet vacuums if available to remove any visible water. If possible, pull out the dishwasher and other surrounding appliances to be sure there is no water puddled underneath them.
3) After you’ve gotten up as much of the water as you can, you should inspect your home for any damages caused by the water. Check for signs of moisture in cabinets, under appliances that are on the floor and at the baseboards and walls where water was. Bubbling, discoloration, or warping are all signs that the water has caused more damage than what was possible to clean up, this means that you’ll need to take further steps to get rid of the water damage.
4) Once you’ve done everything you can to clean the water up your next move should be to call us here at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South. We have special tools and extensive training in how to find hidden areas of moisture to help ensure that there is no water left behind from the leak. This could mean pulling up flooring to ensure the subfloors are properly dried or even making flood cuts in the walls to replace soggy insulation.
We hope that you’ll not have to experience dealing with a flooded kitchen due to your dishwasher; however, we want to help make sure that if you do have to take care of something like this you understand the proper steps to take!