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Overflowing Appliances That Cause Flood Damage In Montgomery Often Have Preventable Causes

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Overflowing Appliances That Cause Flood Damage In Montgomery Often Have Preventable Causes Homeowners who have not had a chance to clean out drains in appliances can find themselves dealing with flood damage.

Overflowing Appliances Cause Flood Damage

Daily chores in most homes include washing dishes. Maintaining these appliances often becomes one of those jobs that is relegated to 'a better time,' which rarely seems to materialize.

Homeowners in Montgomery who have not had a chance to clean out drains in appliances can find themselves dealing with overflowing dishwashers and subsequent flood damage. This problem is quite preventable. Performing this small act of maintenance can also increase both the cleanliness of your dishes and the lifespan of your dishwasher.

Cleaning the interior of the dishwasher should begin with a visual look-over. The drains location should be toward the back and on the bottom. Clear away and dispose of any solids you encounter. Wipe off any slime-like debris, also. Make sure that you are wearing gloves and dispose of everything you clean away into the garbage can and not the sink.

Using your dishwasher's owner manual, find the location where the drainage hose connects to the dishwasher. Detach it at both ends and place the hose in your kitchen sink. Make sure your drain catcher is in place. Pour some water down the hose. After it is cleared of all debris, reattach the hose. Ensure the hose is securely attached so that it should not leak. Run a cycle without any dishes being loaded inside and make sure to check for leaks during the time periods that the dishwasher is draining.

However, in cases where it is too late to prevent a problem because the dishwasher has already overflowed, flood damage is a very real possibility. SERVPRO has the tools needed to prevent damage, and also to restore kitchens that currently do have damage. It is true that we perform large jobs that involve catastrophic flooding, but we also provide services that can protect your home from subsequent damages caused by even the smallest floods.

Cleaning up standing water might look like a simple task, but water from dishwashers is often full of food particles, grease, spices, and other culinary-related items. The soap does nothing to dissolve these particles, but rather keeps them suspended. When soapy water dries, it can leave food particles stuck to dishes. The same applies to your floor, under the dishwasher, and anywhere else that water goes. These locations can include under your flooring.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South is available to help out for this and any other kitchen-disaster. Just call us at (334) 284-1612, day or night, and we can begin fixing the problem before it has a chance to cause any damage.

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