Appliances that use water, like the washing machine and the dishwasher, have the potential to leak at their water lines and connections. Also, they could malfunction and overflow, causing a flood. While a flood seems more serious, a slow leak can potentially cause more damage over time.
Check the hoses and connections on appliances for signs of moisture. Place sensors underneath appliances that will alert you on your phone if they detect moisture. Smart sensors are great when you are away from home. You will be alerted remotely if the sensor detects water and can have someone go check the situation and turn off the water before damage occurs.
Roof Leaks are Sources of Water Damage
One place that water damage often goes unnoticed is the attic. Water leaks from the roof can rot the sub roofing and other building materials and cause mold to grow. By the time water stains form on the ceiling, the damage is well underway. Be proactive about this by scheduling regular roof inspections.
Water Damage From Plumbing Problems
Plumbing leaks are difficult to find because most pipes are behind drywall. Water damage from a pipe leak might show up as peeling or blistering paint on the wall or dark water stains. The first sign may also be the musty smell of mold growing rather than anything visible.
Old windows that have lost their seals and improperly installed windows can’t keep water out of your home. Look out for rotting materials around window frames and water pooling inside the window sill.
Clogged Gutters are Sources of Water Damage
Clogged gutters that are ignored can cause water damage in various parts of your home from the roof to the foundation. When rainwater can’t move through the channels and the downspouts and away from your home, it backs up onto the roof or puddles by the foundation. This can cause leaks in either area or damage the siding as water flows down it. Keep the gutters clean and clear to prevent this source of water damage.
Foundation and Basement
Basements are notorious for flooding during heavy rainstorms. Waterproof your basement and install a sump pump if you have experienced a basement flood. Water can also come in through cracks in the foundation, so be sure to seal any gaps.