Water is every household’s necessity. Not only it is used for drinking, but water is also essential for cleaning, cooking, washing, and everything in between. However, when water comes unexpectedly, it can cause severe damage to our properties.
When water enters your home, it can be very destructive. With enough time, water can deteriorate the structure of your home including your walls, ceiling, floors, and other affected areas. Not to mention the immediate effect of water damage; mold growth. For this reason, it is important to address the issue immediately. But before that, one important thing that you have to do is to be vigilant and know the places where to look for water damage in your home.
Most Common Places To Look For Water Damage
1.Beneath The Dishwasher
Dishwashers are one of the most common causes of water damage in homes. Though dishwashers are sealed to keep the water inside the tub, water leaks can develop in water supply lines or drain lines. Because it is hard to see the underneath of the dishwasher, slow leaks can gradually damage your floor and its subflooring. To check the area, at least twice a year, remove the kick plate and inspect the area with a flashlight. If you notice any signs of wetness, shut off the water supply valve and call a plumber.
2.Around the Tub or Shower
When it comes to water leaks, they can develop wherever water lines run. That includes the areas near the tub or shower. Pipes that are joined together have the tendency to cause water leaks. Unfortunately, you will not notice the problem unless water begins to accumulate near the fixture or the floor around it becomes spongy.
This is one of the places you should look for water damage in your home. These appliances can clog most of the time and when they overflow, they cannot only become messy but the water can seep into the seal around the floor and drywall around the toilet. If you see water around the base of the toilet, shut off the water supply valve and check the tank. Contact a plumber if needed and hire sewage cleanup to thoroughly clean the area.
4. Water Supply and Drain Pipes
Over time, water pipes deteriorate and begin to leak. This makes them one of the most common sources of water damage. Because most water pipes are often hidden, in the event of a water leak, they are hard to notice until the water penetrated the building materials and has shown signs on walls and floors. Have a licensed plumber inspect them to prevent water damage events.
Provided that there is no moisture on the drywall near your air-conditioning unit, there is nothing to worry about. However, dripping or overflowing water from your unit can result in significant water damage. One of the most common causes of water dripping or overflowing from your air-conditioner is a clogged drain line. So, make sure to inspect the machine’s drain line as well as the refrigerant and condensate pump for any signs of water leaks.
6. Near Washing Machines
Washing machines are composed of hoses and pipes where water can pass through. These parts of the washing machine when old or worn out can lead to water leaks. When not attended immediately, hidden water damage from a washing machine can saturate your drywall, crumble it and allow mold to develop. Regularly inspect your washing machine for any signs of water leaks or water damage.
7. Around Ice Maker or Refrigerator
Because this appliance normally pours water, water leaks from an ice maker are very common. If you notice any signs of a leak, unplug your ice maker and inspect the area for water damage or mold growth. Furthermore, inspect the drain lines for any signs of damage. If damaged, replace them with a new one (copper pipes are better).
8. Under the Sink
A kitchen sink or a bathroom sink is also one of the most common sources of water damage. The leaks from the water lines and drain lines can often go unnoticed until a musty smell occurred. The excess moisture that is present in these areas and its already dark condition can allow mold to develop. Regularly check under sinks for water leaks and fix the damage immediately to prevent mold growth.
9. Water Heater
Your water heater is another water-related appliance that is constantly used on a daily basis. But, this is one of the leading causes of water damage in homes. Often, the cause of water heater failure is due to old age. Regularly check your water heater to see signs of wear and leakage. Contact a qualified plumber when repairs are needed or a water damage restoration to repair the damage on the building materials.
10. Inside the Air ducts
Finding moisture and mold inside the air ducts is very challenging. Not only they these areas are difficult to reach, but the mold and dust accumulated inside your air duct can easily spread throughout your property. Keep an eye out for condensation to prevent this problem from occurring.
Professional Water Damage Restoration Services
Knowing that water has caused damage to your home can be very stressful. Not only there are a lot of things that need to be done, but water damage is often costly.
As a restoration, we highly recommend that you address the damage immediately and leave the job to professionals. Simply because restoration professionals can quickly evaluate the damage, restore your property to its original condition as well as prevent secondary damage.
Superior Restoration Riverside offers quality water damage cleanup and restoration services. With the use of advanced technology and restoration methods, we will ensure that your home is back to its former glory. If mold has already appeared, we will perform mold removal procedures to remove it from its source. Contact us today.