Avoiding kitchen flooding
Kitchen flooding can be avoided. (Photo Credits)
The kitchen is one part of the home where water damage can mostly occur. For one, plumbing fixtures are present in the area given the faucet as well as water sources for various kitchen appliances.
These plumbing fixtures like the pipe can become clogged or could even burst. Same goes with a malfunctioning faucet or a slow or blocked drain.
The good news is that these can all be addressed with a simple routine maintenance work conducted by a professional plumbing contractor. The maintenance fee is far cheaper than the cost that could be incurred in case water damage occurs in the kitchen. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego CA
The website This Old House gave a lowdown on what homeowners should do to prevent flooding at its tracks. And here is their advice for the whole kitchen area in case there happens to be a pipe burst – “sink shutoffs. These inline shutoffs usually sit just beneath the sink or within the cabinet or vanity. The one on the left is usually for the hot water, the one on the right for cold water. Dishwasher shutoff. Look first under the kitchen sink. Often there’s a reducer coupling and shutoff valve leading to the dishwasher on the 1/2-inch hot-water sink-supply line. Not there? If you have a basement, look between the ceiling joists just below the appliance.”
Read the whole guide here.
Reducing kitchen flooding possibilities
UK-Based website Kitchen Advice meantime shared tips on how to best avoid water damage in the kitchen area.
“Dishwashers and washing machines use water. Flexible hoses made from rubber or a synthetic material move water from the tap to machine and around parts of the appliance. They are not as sturdy as the soldered copper or rigid plastic pipes that are used for your plumbing and they may leak. A noticeable drip from a pipe that is causing a pool on the floor must be attended to at once. Maybe the connector has come loose and you can see drips building up around the top of the hose. Turn off the water at the stop tap and try tightening the screw fastening. With someone watching the connector to shout if water gushes out, turn the water on slowly.”
Check out the rest of the tips here.
What can be done to avoid further damage
The Kitchen Doctor meanwhile encouraged its readers to be even more vigilant against water damage. It said that usually, kitchen cabinet doors are the first casualties when water damage occurs in the kitchen area.
“In the event you are in an area likely to experience flooding there are a few precautions you can take to protect your existing kitchen cabinets. Realistically there is a limit to what can be done depending on where your kitchen is situated. Many people who regularly experience flooding are relocating their kitchen to another floor although this is not practical for everyone to do. As most kitchen cabinets are made from chipboard and MDF they are very prone to water damage and can twist and warp. Raising your cabinets slightly (it is possible to raise them when installing your kitchen) may mean any flooding misses your cabinets although obviously this depends on the extent of the flood and the water level.”
The whole article can be found here.
Preventing water damage in the kitchen is indeed possible, and in the event it still occurs the best thing to do is to address it as soon as possible. Get in touch with a reputable water damage restoration company to prevent further damage.