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Broken Dishwasher Blues: Cleaning After An Appliance Causes Water Damage

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

One of our primary focuses here at SERVPRO is storm damage-- but there are a lot of other things that can cause damage to your property. For example, have you ever thought about what you should do if your dishwasher causes a flood?

The first thing you should do as soon as the flood has occurred is to shut off the circuit breaker and mop up the water in your kitchen. It’s important that you shut off the circuit breaker rather than attempting to unplug your dishwasher-- unplugging any electrical appliances during a flood can be extremely dangerous. 

Once this is done, it’s time to open your dishwasher and inspect the damage. Carefully remove any dishes that may have been in the dishwasher and keep an eye out for anything that may have broken. Also, check to see if any parts of the dishwasher could have been blocked up, causing the flood. 

Depending on your dishwasher’s warranty, some things, such as hoses, can be easily repaired or replaced on your own. However, if your dishwasher is still under warranty or the problem appears to be a particularly difficult fix, it’s best to hire a professional. Depending on the extent of the damage to your kitchen, you may need to hire a water damage professional, like SERVPRO, to begin the restoration process.

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