Refrigerators are a huge help to have, but when something goes wrong with them, they can become a major headache. If you've noticed that water seems to be seeping out or pooling around the base of your refrigerator, then you could have a plumbing problem on your hands. Here's what you need to know.


First things first: you want to make sure that the water isn't coming from the fridge itself. Start by checking the fridge (and freezer if there's one attached) to ensure that it's cold. If it isn't, the run-off could be coming from refrigerator melt. However, this is relatively rare; you'd likely notice that food was spoiling long before it came to the point of water pooling on the ground. So if your fridge and freezer seem to be fine, it likely means that the fridge itself isn't the source of the water.

Where Else It Could Be Coming From

If your refrigerator has an ice maker or water dispenser, that means that there's a water hookup to it somewhere, likely behind the fridge. It's possible that this is where the water is coming from. Water hookups can sometimes fail, become loose, or develop cracks or leaks that can lead to water pooling on the ground around a fridge.

What to Do

There are two main things that you should do in this instance.

First of all, you need to shut off the water to your house. You can do this at the main water shut-off valve. Once you've done this, check the floor again. Does it seem like the water has stopped? If so, you've likely narrowed down the culprit to the water hookup.

Shutting off the water is a must because there's a risk of electrocution as long as that water is flowing. You should also shut off the power to the room that you're in; check the breaker box and flip each off individually until you find the one that controls your kitchen.

Next, contact a plumber. This will likely be an easy fix for them but would be a huge hassle for you, as you need to drag the fridge out, order a part, and replace it. Your plumber, on the other hand, will have equipment for pulling the fridge out and will likely already have the necessary part on-hand.

If the problem is your water hookup, they'll replace the connection and the tube or pipe itself and re-secure it to your fridge. From there, they'll turn on the water again to test it, and if nothing leaks, you're good to go and can turn the power back on.

To learn more, contact a plumber.