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How ice makers leak and how to check for ice maker related water damage - Perry Hall, MD, USA

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Ice maker leaks are common and often go unnoticed. These slow leaks damage both the wall, flooring, and lower levels of homes which can lead to decay. You may have an ice maker but no signs of leaks. Keep on reading, we’re going to give you some advice on how to detect leaks and how to prevent them from happening.

Why Ice makers cause significant damage

When an ice maker is installed, an “ice maker valve," a small metal saddle is secured to a cold water pipe near the refrigerator, with a small clear plastic pipe for the water to feed into the ice maker. Pinholes form in the tubing go unnoticed during installation and remain unnoticed for years, hidden behind the refrigerator.

Over a long period of time, hundreds of gallons of water seeping from the tubing can lead to serious structural decay and damage to the wall and floor systems around the refrigerator. It can take weeks to become exposed as the water is trapped in your counters and between your walls.

If you own a refrigerator with an ice maker, periodically check behind the fridge for evidence of a leake, or keep an eye on your water bill for unexplainable increase in water use.

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