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Prevent water leak in your kitchen

Updated on April 17, 2012

A water leak often starts with small amounts of water. Even big water leaks can start with small leakages. In the beginning the leak might be so small that you probably don’t even notice that it has started. The reason for leakage can be numerous because everywhere water is present there is danger of leaking water. It can be due to leaking drainpipes or a water pipe for incoming water that suddenly starts to leak. Other places where leakage can occur are from kitchen appliances like the refrigerator, the freezer and the dishwasher.

Every leak of water inside the house is more or less a disaster that usually involves a lot of work, time and money to repair the damage the leak has caused. If it is a big leak it can be quite substantial no matter how quick we fix it.

There are several places in the kitchen where small water leakage can occur without we noticing and they are:

  • Damp or leakage behind or under the refrigerator,
  • Damp or leakage behind or under the freezer
  • Leakage or dripping under the dishwasher
  • Leakage or dripping under the kitchen sink

Small water leakage can with time become big water damage or cause big damage in the floor or in the wall. Slow dripping can spread mould and dump to the walls and the underlying floors which can cause health problems. These small and slow leakages are often difficult to explore in time, because the water is first sucked into the construction in the walls and the floor. We will probably reveal the damage first when the construction is water-saturated and then the damage is already done! The small leaks can also be a first warning before a pipe/hose or a pipe connection bursts and drowns your home in water. So, therefor it is better to be safe than sorry.

The best way to prevent damage from leaking water is of course to have waterproof flooring. But if you don’t have such a floor in the kitchen there are simple ways to improve the existing flooring.

You can install alarm that uses sensors to warn when a pipe or hose is broken or when water flows out on the floor. Such alarms can be connected to your mobile phone or what ever you see fit and provide excellent protection against water leaks.

But there are also easier ways to get some protection that also can be used as a complement to the leakage alarm with the aid of a specially designed underlay.

The protection underlay is hardly visible under the dishwasher!
The protection underlay is hardly visible under the dishwasher! | Source
A close up of the protection underlay under the dishwasher!
A close up of the protection underlay under the dishwasher! | Source

The underlay is designed in a way that every leakage of water will run out on the floor in front of the home appliances. In that way you will quickly notice that water is leaking and get a chance to fix it and prevent a big water damage in your house.

The underlay is very easy to install and everyone can do it. You simply pull out the home appliance, place the leakage protection on the floor and put the appliance back on its place. You can see the outer part of the underlay sticking out under the dishwasher in the photo!

Another place where leakage can occur is under the kitchen sink. An easy way to notice a leakage under the kitchen sink is to check the cabinet regularly and to use a leakage protection here too. The best leakage protection for use in the sink cupboard is to create a waterproof flooring inside the cupboard which will prevent leaking water to sneak in under the cabinet and the floor beneath. Watch the video below to see how it is designed!

Other easy tips!

  • Check the dishwasher now and then so water doesn't leak.
  • Check fittings and hoses regularly.
  • Check so the dishwasher hoses haven’t become dry and crumble.
  • Remember to check the hoses and fittings under the sink also.
  • Turn off the water to the dishwasher when you go away for a longer time.

Check under the kitchen sink regularly!

The number one tip to prevent bigger disaster is to only use the appliances when you are home and can monitor them.


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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi vocal! It sounds like you have had your share of leaks for a long time! Even though you didn't have to pay for it all, it creates such a mess in the house. But now you should be on the safe side for a while:) Thanks for your thumbs up and for you're encouraging comment,

      Take care my friend,


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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What a valuable hub, Tina! I just called someone in to fix a leaky shower and before that a leak under the bathroom sink. I also had a serious leak in the kitchen, again under the sink. I rent my home, so luckily, I wasn't "out-pocket" for the expense.

      You have provided such good information here and prevention is much less stressful. The video is so helpful. Great selection. Thank you, my friend for this most usefull hub. A big thumgs up!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Simone, Yes, do that! We have them installed in every possible place so we can now concentrate on monitoring the floor in front of the cabinets instead for behind and under them! Thanks for visiting Simone, I am glad you found it useful!


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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Martie, Prevention is so much better and in this case it is very easy to do. The only trouble is to move the home appliances since they are a bit heavy:) It is always good to see you Martie, take care of you,


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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, I should totally get an underlay for the sinks in my bathroom and kitchen! I didn't even know these existed. How useful!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Prevention is better than cure - You've pointed out all the possible places where leakage can occur in a house, Tina, and so easy to understand.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Cloverleaf, Thank you so much for your supportive feedback. Sometimes the videos we need are right there and I was very glad when I found the video:)) It is much easier to understand when you can see it.


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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi K9keystrokes, I am glad you liked this hub! It is always better to prevent accidents but it is easy to forget. It is much more fun to buy something beautiful than useful:)) Thanks for stopping by K9 and for the comment! Best wishes


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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Tina,

      Great hub and excellent use of video to illustrate your leak prevention tips! Good luck in the contest!


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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Some good advice on preventing leak damage! Thanks for sharing.



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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Tom! It is so easy to forget to prevent the small leaks because we think that we will notice in time. But mostly we don't! I am so grateful for your kind words and your vote! Take good care of yourself and that lovely dog of yours, hugs to you both!


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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi Alastar, I am happy to give you advice! We removed our sink cabinet a couple of weeks ago and we found a small leakage that must have been there for quite a while. Luckily, the damage wasn't so severe, but it had me thinking about the importance of these things. Prevention is better:)) Thanks for reading, your visits are always a joy! Thanks for being the great hub friend you are!


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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome information and tips on how to find or prevent leaks before they cost hundreds of dollars in damages .

      Useful and vote up !!!

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Those water leaks are the pits and like you said thought force can be a lot of work and cost one time and money. These are excellent tips for prevention. The underlay is a great idea and the tips most helpful. Thanks Tina, there's a couple here hadn't thought of.