We can all agree that it is better to be proactive versus reactive when dealing with water damage.

That is, as a property owner, it’s far better to do what you can to minimize the chances of your building suffering water damage versus sitting back and waiting for the day that you walk into your kitchen, bathroom or basement  to discover a new indoor pool, compliment of a broken pipe or ruptured water supply line.

After all, who wants to run the risk of having their furniture damaged or flooring warped or rotted by water? Let’s not forget about the chance of mold developing, either.

Of course, the key to prevention is knowing where the problem starts. Let’s explore the common culprits when it comes to indoor water damage.

Hot Spot for Water Damage: The Bathroom

There should be no surprise that the bathroom has the potential of presenting water damage with our daily cleansing rituals and potty breaks. So, how can we prevent water damage in the restroom?

  • Showers & Tubs: Keep tiles in good repair and replace any cracked caulk or grout. Examine the caulking at joins where the walls meet the floor or bathtub and replace it as needed if it’s loose or cracked.
  • Sink: Look under the sink for water supply or drainpipe leaks and address them accordingly.
  • Toilets: Check the toilet water lines for leaks on a regular basis and keep an eye out for any signs of moisture on the floor around the toilet. If your floor feels soft, then it is likely that damage has already occurred and you will need to hire a professional for further inspection & repair.

Water Damage Dangers Lurking in Your Kitchen

The kitchen is also at risk for water damage, and it’s not because we’re making a big splash when doing dishes or making a mess when cooking.

  • Refrigerator: Does your refrigerator have an ice-maker? Make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line and keep an eye out for wet spots on the floor. They could be an indication of a crimped line ready to burst.
  • Dishwasher: Check for evidence of leaks (discoloring, warping or soft flooring) around the base of the dishwasher on a regular basis. It also wouldn’t hurt to take a peek under the sink to make sure the water supply connections are still good.
  • Sink:  Look under the sink to check for any leaks and make sure the caulking around the sink is in good repair. If your sink takes a while to drain, you may have a partially blocked pipe that will need to be cleared out.

Don’t Forget the Basement, Laundry, or Utility Room

  • Water Heater:  Rust and wet spots on the floor indicate that there may be a leak. Most water heaters last anywhere from 8-15 years, so keep a close eye on your water heater if it’s getting up there in age.
  • Washing Machine: Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around hose ends and replace them as needed.
  • Sump Pump: Be sure to clean the pump screen or inlet opening on a regular basis.

Spot a Leak? Fix it ASAP!

In the event that you do find a leak, it’s best that you repair it as soon as possible to minimize the amount of water damage and possibility of mold growth.

So turn off the water supply to your home and repair any ruptured water supply lines or busted pipes. Don’t hesitate to call a professional if necessary.

Do you have any tips? Feel free to share them below!