Dishwasher Leaks Cause Water Damage to Newtown, CT Homes
Most busy New Fairfield area families wouldn't get by without their dishwasher. It saves time and thoroughly cleans our dishes, leaving us the time to enjoy life!
The downside of dishwashers is that they contribute to a significant amount of water damage due to appliance failure in homes. Dishwasher leaks can cause water damage that often goes unnoticed for long periods of time. Water seeping out of the dishwasher door is obvious however chronic leaks may occur beneath the unit. These leaks slowly rot the wooden subfloor and create the perfect environment for the growth of toxic mold.
There are a few primary causes of dishwasher leaks that you should be aware of.
Leaky Door Seal
The seal around the dishwasher door may eventually fail due to wear and tear or accumulation of soap residue or food particles. This is an obvious leak as you’ll notice water pooling on the kitchen floor in front of the unit after every dishwasher cycle. Cleaning the door seal and corresponding surface on the unit with white vinegar is worth a try however if excess wear or other physical damage is present, seal replacement will be necessary.
Defective Water Valve
If you remove the kick plate of the dishwasher and look underneath the unit, you will see where the water hose connects. Usually, leaks will be seen as a slow drip. You will often be able to see rust or mineral residue encrusting the valve. Valve replacement is the only option.
Worn Pump Seals
The drain pump that removes water from the dishwasher incorporates rubber seals around a metal shaft. As these seals wear over time, water may begin to drip from the pump housing. Often times, leakage only occurs while the drain pump is running, so looking under the dishwasher when the unit is off or not running in drain cycle may fail to pinpoint the drain pump as the source of water leakage. Rebuilding or replacing the pump is required to stop leakage.
Doing an annual check of your dishwasher for signs of deterioration or leaks will help avoid water damage in your home.