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It can be easy to forget that some of the most used appliances in our home are also the most common appliances that can flood our home. American Restoration Water & Fire has seen it repeatedly, which makes us the experts to turn to when water damage becomes an issue. We compiled a list of some of the most common appliances that flood your home and how to prevent water damage.  


Clogging, a malfunctioning float, and even a burst pipe are all reasons a toilet can flood. Because it’s a toilet, you could be dealing with three different types of water:

  • Clean Water: comes from a broken pipe.
  • Grey Water: could be contaminated bowl water with urine in it. 
  • Black Water: is also contaminated and contains urine, fecal matter, and pathogens from any source outside that area. 

Water Heaters

A broken pipe or cracked water heater is the most common cause of a water heater flooding a home. If you notice water around the base of your water heater, you have an issue and should investigate the cause. Contact your local plumbing company to run a full diagnostic on your water heater so it is repaired properly. 

Washing Machines

Hoses and clogged drains are two main causes of a washing machine flooding your home. Also, leaks can occur at the connections, around gaskets, and in the pump. Be sure to check all of your hoses often!


A dishwasher overflow can happen for many reasons, but one of the most common reasons is using too much soap! A clogged strainer on the bottom of your dishwasher should be checked after each use to ensure food or debris isn’t blocking the filter. Occasionally, the plumbing connections can go bad or weren’t installed properly. Checking leaks under your sink could help prevent further damage. 


Most modern refrigerators have a water line built-in for filtered water and a continuous ice maker. All water lines should be checked regularly for corrosion or leaks.

Sink Backup

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts with sink etiquette, and one of the first things we learn about is pouring hot oil down the drain. This will cause the oil to harden as it travels down the pipes, creating a blockage.  Food scraps, oils, and fat of any kind should be disposed of properly to avoid unwanted water damage. 

Being a homeowner or property manager means understanding the most common appliances within the residence that can flood homes. When appliances and their connections are maintained and checked throughout the year, it can help prevent flooding in the house and water damage that can take months to repair. American Restoration Water & Fire employs the best of the best, and water damage and restoration of your home is what we are here to help with!