If you ask your friends and family which area of their home could do with a makeover, odds are they’d pick their kitchen first. With all of the cooking, baking, and preparation that goes on in the kitchen, it can be very easy to make a mess or even cause some damage. Damage prevention is key! It can spare you thousands of dollars.
Most kitchen damage is caused by plumbing or appliance failure, or a combination of the two. Often, failure to act is not an indication of neglect; it’s a consequence of activity. Most families congregate in the kitchen, making it the hub of noisy, bustling action in which it’s easy to overlook the warning signs of damage, wear, and tear.
Rather than waiting for an expensive (or dangerous) incident to take action, start now by taking these measures to reduce hazards in your kitchen.
Use the Dishwasher Cautiously
Be vigilant about even small trickles under the dishwasher. There could be a loose connection or leaking water hose. Tighten, repair or replace it, as necessary. Inspect the water supply hose for leaks on a regular basis, if you find any, replace the hose immediately. You don’t want to wait until you have flood damage to try to fix it!
Frequently clean the drain line to prevent back up or spill overflow into the sink and check the main filter for clogs. If the dishwasher does not drain completely after use, the filter could be clogged.
Check Near the Sink
Inspect the trap for drips, which indicate potentially serious drain problems. If you cannot repair it promptly, call a plumber. Check the pipes surrounding areas for moisture or water stains. Fill any holes in the wall with caulk.
Check the floor beneath the plumbing for soft spots or stains. Turn the faucet all the way off and wait a minute for a steady drip. If you see one, prompt repair is necessary.
Examine sink seals for cracks or looseness and replace them. Ensure that broken or missing countertop tile or grout near the sink is not due to a leak around the sink.
Look Behind the Refrigerator
Move the refrigerator out from the wall and inspect the area thoroughly for moisture and leaks. They can be difficult to trace, especially if you don’t want to leave your refrigerator in the middle of the kitchen for an extended period of time. Moisture and mold are huge red flags, so if you cannot pinpoint the source of the problem, call experts immediately.
If you have an ice maker, inspect the supply line, if you have one. Replace it immediately if you see a leak.
Don’t Ignore Under the Oven
Remove the bottom drawer and inspect the area under the oven for signs of moisture or mold. Sometimes an expert is needed. If you cannot identify and fix the source of the problem, contact a plumber or electrician.
Update the Exhaust Fan
The exhaust fan is a vital moisture control tool in your kitchen, ensure that it works properly. It might need to be replaced or the wiring might need updating. Check that the fan vents to the outdoors and that the dampers operate and are properly fitted. Inspect the fan for dust, caked-on food particles, mildew or mold. Keep the fan clear of elements to function as it should.
Staying on top of repairs before they become larger is an important part of your kitchen maintenance. In the event of serious damage to your property, you will need to contact your New Mexico insurance agency to file a claim. Make sure that your Homeowners Insurance is up-to-date and ready for anything your kitchen could experience, especially during the upcoming holiday season.
About Daniels Insurance, Inc.
At Daniels Insurance, Inc., we have a unique understanding of the risks that people like you face on a regular basis. With the backing of our comprehensive coverages and our dedication to customer service and quick claims resolution, your business will be fully protected. For more information, contact us today at (855) 565-7616.