Water damage in the home is a common and costly problem. Water can wreak havoc on your belongings, house, and wallet, whether due to a broken pipe, faulty appliance, or heavy rains. Here are a few of the most common places water damage occurs in the home and what you can do to prevent it.
1. Water Damage can Occur in the Kitchen
The kitchen is another common place for water damage to occur. Leaks from sinks, dishwashers, and refrigerators may occur, and broken pipes and clogged drains are also possible. To prevent water damage in the kitchen, repair leaks and drips promptly and keep the drains clear. If you’re leaving on vacation, don’t forget to shut off the water supply before heading out of town.
2. Bathrooms and Water Damage
Like the kitchen, bathrooms are another high-risk area for water damage due to plumbing and fixtures like sinks, toilets, showers, and tubs. To prevent bathroom water damage, check for leaks around fixtures regularly, use the ventilation fans when bathing, and open bathroom doors after showers to let steam escape. Check the caulk around the sinks and tubs to verify it’s intact to prevent moisture from seeping behind the sink and causing water damage.
3. Laundry Rooms
Laundry room water damage is usually caused by a faulty washing machine, particularly front-loading models. Inspect washing machines and dryers regularly for leaks to prevent laundry room water damage. Don’t overload the machines, and don’t leave wet laundry in the appliances for too long. It’s also necessary to check the washing machine hoses for cracks or signs of deterioration. Replace the hoses every 3 to 5 years.
4. Attics & Roofs
Attics are vulnerable to water damage from several sources: roof leaks due to damaged roofing materials, ice dams in cold weather, overflowing gutters, and more. To prevent attic water damage, make sure attic vents are clear, repair roof damage, and regularly remove debris from the gutters.
Water seeping in through the foundation of a home is bad news for the property. The water can damage the home’s structure, leading to expensive repairs. In some cases, the water can even cause mold to grow, which can be a health hazard for the occupants.
Water damage is a serious problem that can lead to structural issues in a home. Plus, it can be costly to fix. By taking simple precautions (like clearing gutters regularly or checking washing machines for leaks), you can prevent water damage before it occurs.
Delta Home Inspection offers inspections to customers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Alabama. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request our services.