Have you noticed an unexplained increase in your electric bill or buckling of your hardwood or laminate flooring by the dishwasher or sink?  Did you find dark water spots on your ceiling or have you found cracked or loose grout lines?  These are usually tell-tell signs of underlying water damage.  But where should you start in your quest to find the cause of the problem.  Let’s take a look at water damage sources in homes and how to prevent them.

Water Heaters

  • 75% fail before they are 12 years old
  • Periodically check for moisture around the tank and for any rust spots
  • Flush your water heater every 6 months
  • Ruptures or failures are quickly noticed when the heaters are located inside the home.  Those located in crawlspaces can release water undetected until water or power bills cause alarm.

Plumbing/Leaky Pipes

  • Repair any loose or cracked tiles/grout lines
  • Check supply lines to sinks and toilets every 6 months for kinks or loose connections
  • Keep an eye on your water bill as a significant increase could mean a water leak

Roof Leaks

  • Inspect your roof annually and replace any missing or loose shingles.
  • Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear and water drains away from the house.
  • Water seeps into the home causing water spots and damage when shingles are loose or missing, when flashing is missing or damaged, and when boot fittings are aged around vent pipes

Appliances

  • Do not leave washing machines running unattended
  • Check the supply lines to the ice maker, dishwasher and washing machine for leaks annually
  • Since supply lines to these appliances are unseen, substantial damage could be done before detected.

Air Conditioners

  • When servicing your HVAC unit each year, have the technician check the condition of the condensation lines as well as drains to eliminate any blockage.
  • Drain pans located in the attic can over flow detectable when water spots form on the ceiling.