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How Does Refrigerator/Ice-Maker Failure Cause Flooding in Your Home?

Two common reasons for home water damage is a refrigerator leak or an ice-maker line burst. This can be caused by a clogged or frozen defrost drain, damaged water lines, defective water tank assembly and filter housing, or a damaged or rusty drain pan. Supply lines should be checked regularly any time you have pressurized lines that bring in water to an appliance. Unfortunately, damages such as these do happen, so here are some tips to prevent you from experiencing a flooded kitchen from an ice-maker or refrigerator leak.

How to Prevent Refrigerator/Ice-Maker Leaks

Some refrigerators are designed with drain lines that siphon off excess fluid. This fluid can be produced from the excess moisture and condensation made when the fridge cools items in warm environments. Too much condensation can pool at the bottom of the fridge, and if the drain lines are clogged with bits of food, water can accumulate. Drain lines that are cleaned regularly with chlorine bleach can prevent them from staying clogged. Another cause of water damage and flooding from refrigerators is when the water supply line that feeds the ice machine gets disconnected. If you have hardwood or laminate floors, this can be a serious mess to clean up.
Refrigerator Leak Water Damage
You can prevent kitchen flooding by replacing the line with a braided or woven steel-reinforced line, which will be safer and last longer than the traditional plastic line. You can also purchase a leak-detection alarm for the water line, which is a battery-operated apparatus that reacts to a water pooling problem. It works with the refrigerator water line’s automatic shut off valve and can be installed in the kitchen, basement, near water heaters, or any other appliance near a water source.

Another way to prevent an ice maker flooded house is to be extra careful when cleaning around it. Make sure there is enough slack in the water supply line so you don’t tug it loose or damage the connection when you move the refrigerator to clean around it. This problem is also preventable: do regular checks around the refrigerator with a flashlight for pools of water.

Contact Flood Services Canada for Water Damage Repair and Clean-Up Services in Brampton

In the event of water damage caused by your fridge or ice maker, it is always best to call a professional water damage restoration company near you. Water damage restoration done by a team of experts will save you time and provide effective solutions to limit any additional damage to your home. It also saves you money in the long term because the job will be done right the first time.

Flood Services Canada offers advanced, professional water damage repair and clean-up in Brampton and makes use of the latest technology and techniques to not only remove flood water but to help save and restore your possessions and property. We can help regardless of where the water is coming from and will drain, dry, extract, and salvage as much as possible to minimize or eliminate any lasting damage. Contact us at (416) 302-2107 to learn more about our services or use our emergency hotline at (416) 999-3930 to get our rapid-response teams deployed to your location.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.