What to do When an Appliance Floods Your Home

When appliance accidents happen at home, like a washing machine or a dishwasher floods over, of course it’s going to be a major inconvenience for you to get it fixed. It can also cause major stress and unplanned expenses. The first thing to do would be to panic, but acting quickly to remedy the problem can be better for the long-term solution.

A flooding appliance is also a major nuisance with its on set of problems and inconveniences because they can potentially flood from different points on the machines, including behind and beneath the base. When it does flood, disconnect the appliance’s power source immediately by using the breaker box or the fuse box. Just by stopping the machines or pressing “off” won’t be enough because the machines could automatically advance to the next cycle and not actually stop.

Here are some actions you should do right away to fix things in case an appliance floods your home:

  • Immediately turn off the circuit breaker or unplug your dishwasher once you discover the flooding. This is to avoid any dangerous accidents that involve electricity and water coming together. After that, remove everything from the machine and locate the drain gate to find any blockages that may exist there.
  • If the water drains away, all is well. If it doesn’t, that may indicate a hose problem that connects the dishwasher to the sink. You’ll need to access the hose so you need to pull the dishwasher away from the wall to get to it. Remove the hose, inspect it, run water through it from the sink to clear any blockages.
  • If the blockage persists, a replacement hose may be needed, especially once you’ve reassembled the machine and the water doesn’t flow through. Replacing the hose is essentially an easy task, but can be cumbersome. If after troubleshooting all of these areas and the problem continues, you may need to place a professional service call to have someone look at and assess what may be a deeper problem with your dishwasher.
  • With your washing machine, remove the wet clothes and transfer them to a different area. This removes some of the standing water in the machine and also helps you get to the source of the flooding problem, if there is a blockage.
  • Mop up any standing water immediately as to avoid any accidents on a wet floor. Do this before you remove the clothes and again afterwards. If you live in an apartment, it is critical that you perform this step right away so there aren’t any leakages to the apartment floors beneath you.
  • Carefully check the washing machine hoses as well, inspecting the hose for holes, leaks or drips. Replace (do not repair) the hose before using the machine again.

If none of these tips allow the machines to be fully used, it’s highly probable that you’ll need to place a service call and have a professional inspection done. Only restore full power to any of the machines once you are comfortable that the flooding problems have been resolved.