Home water damage – what you need to know!

Posted by Matt Buchanan

The first signs of water damage in your home may not seem very important to you. Remember, though, that even something as seemingly insignificant as a water stain on your wall can be an indicator of mold infestation if it’s not taken care of quickly enough. Water stains on a ceiling or a leak in the pipes underneath your kitchen sink can easily escalate into a collapsing roof or deteriorating floorboards.

What can you do to prevent a water damaged house?

One of the most effective ways to avoid water damage in your home is to have a plan in place for dealing with water damage before it happens. By learning where water damage is likely to occur, you can avoid it.

Inspect Your Premises Regularly for Leaks

Begin by doing a room by room inspection. The three rooms where leaks are most likely to occur are the kitchen, the bathrooms and the basement.

Home water damage from refrigeratorKitchen: Kitchen appliances are major sources of leaks. Look around the bases of your dishwasher, refrigerator and sink. If flooring is discolored or soft, you may have a leak.

Dishwashers often spring leaks where the hose connects to the outlet water supply beneath the sink. Refrigerator icemakers often lose their water supply connections. Wet spots near the base of your refrigerator are often a sign that your icemaker water supply line is about to burst.

If the caulking around your sink is yellow or deteriorated, replace it. Keep an eye on how fast the kitchen sink drains. A partially blocked drain drains more slowly.

water damage in bathroomBathrooms: Yellowing and cracked grout around sinks, showers and bathtubs is a clear indication that a leak could be imminent. If a supply pipe on the other side of the wall breaks or leaks, it will go right through those damaged sealants. Replace that caulking and grout as soon as possible.

Stains or soft spots on walls and floors are another indication of supply pipe leaks. If you’re not handy with home repairs, your best recourse in these circumstances is to call a professional plumber to perform these fixes. But get them done as soon as possible.

Check underneath your sinks regularly for leaky water supply lines and drainpipes. If your toilet clogs regularly, the problem may be in the service line that feeds into your municipality’s sewage system. Call a plumber to deal with this situation to avoid sewage backup during a storm.

water heater water damageBasement: Washing machines require proactive maintenance to remain leak free. All hoses should be replaced every three to five years, and immediately if they show the slightest signs of bulging or cracking. Rust on your water heater may indicate tank corrosion, a primary source of leaks. If your water heater tank is corroded, you may need to replace your water heater. Wet spots on your basement floor are also a sure sign of a leak.

Inspect these areas in your home on a regular basis and you will avoid a water damaged house.


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About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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