In the 10 Signs of Water Damage You Should Be Looking For section of our Ultimate Homeowners’ Guide, we explained the value of checking your home for water damage on a regular basis. Check it out if you like—we’ll wait here.
But knowing the most common water damage sources goes hand in hand with spotting the signs of water damage. If you can get into the habit of checking these areas, you’ll keep your home—and your wallet—in the best position to head off water damage issues before they balloon out of control.
The Ultimate Homeowners’ Guide: The 5 Common Water Damage Sources You Should Be Checking
Issues with sinking foundations or cracking in the foundation of your home can cause water to run the wrong way—namely, into your home, instead of away from it. The easiest way to spot these issues is to look at where water settles when it rains. Does the water settle in puddles flush with your exterior walls? Is there water seeping through the concrete or into your basement?
Missing or damaged shingles are a major culprit when it comes to water damage. Even issues as minor as poorly placed roofing nails or loose flashing can cause major issues in the next downpour. Similarly, checking around your chimneys, and inside your attic, can give you peace of mind.
Damaged or faulty appliances are always a headache. More so, however, when those appliances use water, and the water is leaking out. Make sure your water heaters, refrigerators, dish washer, and washing machine are in good repair.
Leaky faucets can cause a lot of damage in a short space of time. A leaky faucet at your hand basin can easily build up around the top of the basin, run down the back, and damage your cabinetry and flooring. Keep your faucets in good repair—this is a simple and effective way to avoid one of the most common forms of water damage.
Leaky pipes are easy to spot because the leak is usually at the joint. This connection point will show signs of rust, corrosion, or residue build-up—all sure signs your pipes need repairing.
Blocked guttering causes water to overflow. This water can seep in through your roof, through windows, or through compromised areas in your foundation or window seals. To avoid the risk entirely, keep your home’s guttering cleared.
Getting into the habit of checking and maintaining these 5 sources may seem like you’re spending time you just don’t have. But with a little bit of patience, you’ll save yourself a lot of money and heartache by nipping any fresh leaks in the bud before they become costly and extensive water restoration work.
If you uncover water damage during your quick checks, it’s time to call in an expert. Your local water restoration professionals can remedy the problem and protect your home.
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