How to Prevent Water Damage from Your Ice Maker

Posted on by Branch Contractors

It’s vacation time, but before you head out on your trip, take time to perform a few measures to protect your home and prevent water damage.

Over the past 18 years, we’ve responded to more accidental water damage in homes and businesses than any other kind of damage. The amount of water damages that occur in Athens seems almost ridiculous. But in fact, it has little to do with Athens, and more to do with old or inferior plumbing components. Although you cannot prevent water damage of all kinds, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk.

The first on the list is to check your ice-maker line. Is it plastic or copper piping? Although both materials have their pros and cons, neither are suggested. Seeing problems from both types, we have made it standard at Branch to remove any plastic or copper hoses by installing reinforced or braided hoses. They thread on like water hoses, they are flexible, and although not fail-proof, they are currently the easiest and best solution.

So, take time to make this change and eliminate the ice-maker line as a source of water damage to your home. As an extra precaution, shut the main water supply off to your home if you will be out of town for an extended time. It could save you from a mess.