How To Recover From Damage Caused By A Leaky Washing Machine

On the list of most annoying appliance problems, a leaky washing machine ranks pretty high, but oftentimes the annoyance factor is the least of your worries. The biggest issues that come with a leaky washing machine are the water damage and subsequent mold that can form in your home and cause health problems. Here are three key steps to take to make sure a leaky washer doesn't cause lasting severe damage to your home. 

Assess the Damage

This step might seem obvious, but is vitally important in the days after you've gotten rid of your old problematic washing machine. If your washer is in the basement, you might be able to simply put a few towels down to soak up the excess water. However, if your washer is inside your house on the first or second floor, you could have some serious rot issues. If you see dark spots on the floor or on the ceiling on the floor below the washer, calling a water damage restoration expert might be in order, especially if it appears as though the damage is severe enough to be a structural issue. 

Check for Mold

Water damage issues are almost always accompanied by nasty mold that can take root in the sitting water in your home and be very difficult to remove. If, in the days or weeks after the floor and ceiling have become wet, you see tiny black or green spots in your home, mold growth is already taking place and is fairly advanced. Having a mold inspection done directly after the repairs to your home are finished is a great proactive step, because mold can begin to grow as soon as 24 hours after wood has come into contact with water. 

Install a Drip Pan

In order to keep a leaky washing machine from wreaking havoc on your home again, install a drip pan that leads to a drain. This preventative step will make sure that no water can ever again get into your floorboards, not even condensation. The plastic pan is very easy to install and can be done in minutes, and can more than pay for itself if your new washer begins to leak again. 

While it may be disconcerting to have a washing machine overflow, especially on the first or second floor of your house, there are some steps you can take in order to make the repair process go quickly and keep your family safe from mold and the other hidden issues associated with this problem. With the help of a water damage restoration company and a mold remediation expert, like Total Restoration General Contractors, and perhaps a friend to help with installing a drip pan, you're ready to get on with your life in a matter of days after you first find your washer leaking.