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6 Plumbing Appliances that cause the Most Water Damages in the Baltimore County Area

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

Top 6 Sources of Water Damage

Water damage to your home can be a real headache. It’s not something most homeowners think about until they experience a home flood for themselves. We’ve made a list of the most common plumbing appliances that cause the most damage.

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1/3 of toilet related flood damages are caused from a clogged or overflowing toilet. A toilet can be clogged or blocked from impassible things being flushed down the toilet such as but not limited to paper towels, facial tissue, baby wipes, napkins, sanitary napkins, diapers or anything other than toilet paper or human waste. However if it’s happening to many toilets more than once then it might be a plumbing problem.

Washing Machine: Top 10 cause of water damages in homes

One of the top 10 causes of water damages in homes, washing machines. According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, Half of washing machine related residential water damages are caused by damaged water supply hoses.  Out of this half, 78% of the machines were 11 years old or less, and 54% were between 8 and 10 years old.


Debris from dirty dishes and detergent can collect around the seal of a dishwasher, causing the door to not completely seal and cause major flooding.

Hot Water Heater:

69% of Hot water heater related water-losses are the result of a slow leak or a sudden burst. Hot water heaters require consistent inspections and maintenance, and often have leaks or bursts as a result of corrosion or age.

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Ice Maker

Ice maker floods are extremely common, we would estimate that 1 out of 15 water losses in the Perry Hall Nottingham area are caused by ice makers. Ice makers flood when the icemaker tubes (often made of thin plastic) become worn and damaged. This causes a small leak that can go unnoticed for months or years until the tubing completely breaks.

Sump Pump

A sump pump is a device that is planted in the lowest part of your house, and is then dug into the ground and pumps water out that gets built up under the house. Sump Pumps can last anywhere between 3-20 years, many things can cause them (wrong size, improperly installed) to fail but the number one thing is power outages. 

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