Preventing icemaker from leaking
The dishwasher, washing machine, and icemaker in the fridge are the three most common reasons for water damage in a home.
Out of those those three, a small leak from the icemaker doesn't seem like it would be so bad. But, if a icemaker leak behind the fridge goes undetected long enough, it can also cause a lot of havoc too.
So, what's a good, proactive way to prevent the icemaker from leaking in the first place?
I'm thinking there's two things to do:
1) Replace the icemaker valve, a small metal needle/saddle valve on the cold water pipe near the refrigerator, with a ball valve because a ball valve is less likely to leak.
Minerals clogging icemaker valves also seem to be a problem, but I don't know if a ball valve would be any better for that problem.
2) Replace the plastic tube connecting the valve and fridge with a steel braided hose because the plastic tube is often the source of pinhole leaks.
I know copper is also a popular option to replace plastic tubing because its less likely to leak but I'm worried that copper is vulnerable to kinking.
Plus, my contractor scoffed about mixing PEX tubing in the kitchen with a copper line.
Am I missing anything else I can do?