Prevent Water Damage in Your Kitchen
Water damage in the kitchen is one of the most expensive damages that can happen to your home, costing thousands of pounds to repair and usually resulting in weeks without the use of your kitchen. To avoid this costly scenario, be sure to take preventative measures to avoid water damage in your kitchen by following these simple tips!
Make sure the sink is properly sealed
A weak seal around the sink can be the culprit of water damage on the worktop. This can be an absolute nightmare to deal with if this isn’t installed properly. Check that there is a tight seal around the sink after installation and check your kitchen fitter or joiner to make doubly sure that it is a tight and secure seal. The last thing you want is for the sink to have issues after you have fit it and begun to use it.
Laminate worktops are not so forgiving when exposed to water, and will bubble and bend out of shape if they are given damp conditions - take care that this will not happen.
Granite and Stone worktops are a safer option as if there are any leaks like this you will have time to notice before any warping happens - the units underneath can still be affected, however!
Make sure that all drainage systems are properly maintained and kept on top of it, this way you will avoid overspill that can damage the kitchen. Water damage can overspill and damage the flooring also! If you are in doubt, consult a plumber to make sure there aren’t going to be any issues in sorting out your drainage and plumbing. If you notice any sort of blockage, quickly resolve it to prevent it from turning into a longstanding issue.
Leaky Faucets can cause all kinds of problems
If water is pooling around the stem of the faucet, you most likely have a leaky faucet. These can be leaking due to improper installation, or the seal could have worn away over time. The rubber seals can wear away over time - replacing them will usually remedy a dripping faucet. If you leave this for too long it too can have adverse effects on your sink.
If you have the kettle underneath a wall cabinet, over time, you are going to have a problem! The steam from the kettle can damage the plastic and chipboard that the kitchen is made from. As such, we recommend that you have the kettle out in a space that doesn't have a wall cabinet directly over it. In the case that you don’t have one, then we would recommend using a hob kettle that will be placed on the hob on the gas. - this way the steam will have plenty of space to disperse, or you can even pull the hot air right out with the extractor fan.
Over time, pipes can leak - this is especially true when they freeze in the wintertime. This can have truly catastrophic effects on your home and cause excess water to damage multiple parts of your home. Including the kitchen! Make sure that you keep the heating on in your home in the wintertime - especially during the freezing months when temperatures are expected to plummet!
Use a professional Kitchen fitter!
If you use a reputable installer like us here at Greentree Kitchen you can rest assured we will fit your kitchen to perfection, without any issues with plumbing - we will ensure there is a tidy finish that you can be proud of! Give us a call today and we will only be too happy to help. We can also ensure you have the ideal appliances working with top brands like AEG, Quooker , Electrolux, and Zanussi.