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|Danger To Your Home: WATER
From the extreme of a major flood to the smallest drip, drip leak in a faulty plumbing joint, water damage has both short-term and long-term potential to create serious damage that will devalue your home and make it unlivable.
The following pages help you identify specific problems and how to solve them as inexpensively as possible.
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1. Ice Maker Hose
Behind your refrigerator lurks a potential problem. The water line going from the wall, usually found near the floor, connects to the ice maker hose on the back of your appliance.
It is important to inspect this hose at least once a year for possible replacement.
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Most ice maker supply lines are made of flexible plastic, copper, or braided stainless steel tubing approximately ¼" in diameter. One end of the tubing is connected to a saddle valve that taps into the main water supply system behind the wall. The other end of the tubing connects to the ice maker solenoid valve.
Both connections are secured with compression fittings. If the compression fittings are too tight, the fitting may crack and result in a leak. If the compression fittings are not tight enough, the fitting may work itself loose and cause a leak.
Leaks also can occur at the ice maker supply shut-off valve. Make sure the packing nut that holds the valve handle in the valve body is tightly secured.
Once the tubing and valve handles are secure, push the unit back toward the wall. Be aware of the possibility the line will crimp, preventing the ice maker from working properly or causing a leak.
Coiling the tubing behind the refrigerator, while leaving enough excess to allow it to be pulled out can reduce the potential for this type of failure. Crimps can lead to pinhole leaks, so the tubing should be replaced at the first sign of bending or crimping. The flexible copper and braided stainless steel tubing are more resistant to pinhole leaks, but if the compression fittings are not adequately tightened, the hose will leak regardless of the material.
Check for leaks often in the days after installation and then do periodic moisture checks throughout the year.
If you plan to leave home for an extended period of time, for vacation or if you own a second home, turn off the water supply to the ice maker at the shut-off valve. This valve is on the wall near the tubing.
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