Where to Look for Leaks, Drips, and Floods at Your Home or Business
Houses are built to keep us safe from the elements, including one of the
most destructive forces on earth: water. Every part of a house is designed
to repel water away and keep the foundation and vital components of the
house dry. In addition to water being dangerous for humans, when it is
mixed with building materials, it can cause catastrophic damage. Not only
will water rot wooden studs and floorboards, but it can also lead to the
growth of mold. Mold growth in your home can cause severe health issues
for you and your family.
The seven hidden places to check for water damage include:
1. Around the Chimney
The masonry on your chimney may become compromised and lead to water
pooling up around the base. This is often an easy fix and requires only a
specialist to touch up the compromised mortar. If left unattended, water
pooling around your chimney can lead to a collapsed roof.
Though homes are designed to keep you safe from the elements, mistakes can
always happen. Wear over the years may create gaps in the siding of your
home that are perfect entryways for water. Try to keep an eye out for any
damage or openings in your home’s siding.
Old or improperly installed windows can allow rainwater into the walls of
your home. Peeling or cracking paint can cause water to seep into the
window sills and rot the wood. If you notice the wood around your window
is spongy, it may mean rot.
You have to open and close your door anytime you or someone else enters or
leaves the house, and traffic can lead to water accumulation around the
threshold of your exterior doors. If left unattended, this moisture will
seep into the floorboards and cause rot.
5. Inside Wall Framing
In the event of a basement flood or busted pipe, you may notice that the
bottom of your wall is wet. Merely drying the walls yourself is not enough
to remedy this problem, and it could lead to damage to the home’s
structure and framing if not properly treated.
6. Behind and Beneath Home Appliances
We don’t often move around the biggest appliances in our homes such as
clothes washers and dishwashers because they’re so heavy and cumbersome.
These two appliances are however some of the biggest causes of household
water damage for this very reason. Keep a keen eye on your washers because
even a small leak can cause expensive damage over time.
7. Indoor Plumbing Fixtures
Sinks, tubs, and toilets are constantly being filled with water, so it
makes sense you should watch out for signs that these are leaking water.
Even a little bit of caulk deterioration can lead to major water damage if
gone unnoticed. Look out for spongy areas around these fixtures and musty
smells which may indicate water leakage.