Flooding from a dishwasher

Posted by Matt Buchanan

At RestorationEze, we see a lot of different flooding disasters play out every day. One of the more common scenarios we tackle is a flooding damage due to a dishwasher malfunction. In fact, it’s something we deal with on a daily basis…that’s how common that type of water damage is. And because we’ve dealt with so many dishwasher floods, we like to think we have as much experience as anyone else out there. There really isn’t a dishwasher leak we haven’t seen before. As such, here are some things you should know if you’ve walked into your house only to discover your dishwasher overflowed and has sent water streaming throughout your kitchen and potentially other areas of your home.


What you should know about dishwasher flooding!


As any regular readers of our water damage restoration blog know, we strive to educate people that are facing water damage emergencies, as well as help people prevent accidents from happening to them. If you’re already dealing with a leaky dishwasher that has caused water damage, here are some important things you should know.


Water can permeate any surface…quickly.


water-damaged-kitchen-cabinetsProbably the most common mistake we see homeowners make when their dishwasher overflows is to assume that the only water they need to worry about is the water that is sitting on their floors. They get out some towels and a mop and quickly get to work mopping up all of the water. Once ‘dry’, they pat themselves on the back and move on with their life. Unfortunately, the damage is usually already done. What do we mean by that? Well, what people don’t realize is that the water has probably already traveled to other areas of the home. In some cases it soaks kitchen cabinets. In other cases, it permeates the floors and reaches the subfloors or even the crawlspace below the floor. And still in other cases it wicks up and through walls, soaking insulation or possibly even causing damage to electrical sockets housed in the walls.

Sadly, the homeowner doesn’t realize their structure is still wet until it’s too late. By that we mean that once you start to see the actual results of water soaked surfaces, it’s difficult to save them through drying efforts. Whether that’s cupping wood floors or moldy cabinets, you’ve now got a much more expensive problem on your hands, one that will require a much more extensive water restoration process.


Wet structures lead to weakening and mold.


We’ve discussed this at length, but what you need to know is that if your home remains wet, you’re going to experience two things if it isn’t dried almost immediately:

() a weakening of the support structures in your home. For instance, if floor joists get wet they lost their strength and can decay.

() black mold. How quickly can that happen? A general rule of thumb is you have about 48 hours before black mold spores will begin growing. Once they start, they multiply quickly.


Wood floors are incredibly difficult to dry properly.


We’ve blogged about moisture readings on wood floors before, but the gist of the challenge is this: there’s virtually no room for error when it comes to the moisture content levels on wood floors. They must get down to a certain threshold very quickly, they must be dried uniformly, and the top layer can’t be over-dried while attempting to dry out the subfloor. If you think you can do all that, then go for it. But here’s a hint: you can’t. We use a sophisticated system called Injectidry to evenly and quickly remove moisture trapped in wood floors. Here’s a great video explaining how the system works. Please watch it and let us know if you think turning on some fans will accomplish the same results…


Call RestorationEze for a free estimate!


free-water-removal-estimateIf you’re dealing with water damage from a dishwasher overflowing in your kitchen, we would love to help. At a minimum, we can send out a technician to assess your loss and let you know exactly where the water has travelled and what will have to be dried. If you would like, we can either provide you with an estimate for the work and/or begin work immediately!

Hopefully this blog post gives you a sense for just how serious of an issue you are up against. Please give us a call and let our certified technicians help get your property dry before black mold and structural weakening occur!

About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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