5 Common Spots For Water Leaks
A flooded basement is a homeowner’s nightmare. Water damage of any kind is serious and can be both dangerous and expensive. And still, despite your best efforts, water leaks can occur.
During the winter months we can be more susceptible, due to freezing and thawing that weakens and bursts pipes. One way to decrease your chances of a water leak this winter is to vigilantly check these top spots for water leaks.
- Water Heater: The water heater is one of the most common spots for a water leak, and it can often go unnoticed for long periods of time. Think about it – most people don’t check their water heater regularly. Go check around the base and top of the water heater for rust or/and puddles. Listen/look to the valves, pipes, and drain for any noise, which would indicate a leak. If you’re worried about your water heater for any reason, call us for a consultation, repair, or replacement.
- Wall Leaks: Wall leaks are any leaks happening behind the walls of your home, where there is a huge network of pipes in every direction. How do you check? Look for moisture around the wall area, wet sheet rock, and you may even see some black mold, if you see these signs then you should call a professional to find the leak and fix it before serious damage or flooding occurs.
- Supply Pipe Leaks: Check your water meter box, and areas of your yard for puddles, wet spots, or unexplained wetness. If there are puddles or wetness that can’t be explained, there’s a chance you have a leak in the supply line pipe that brings water to your home.
- Attics: Unfortunately many people neglect their attic where pipes might have been installed. Even with rain your attic should not show any signs of wetness or moisture. Check it every so often to be sure.
- Basements: It’s simply a matter of gravity that leaking water will end up at the lowest point, which is usually your basement. Check frequently for moisture along the walls, in corners, or behind furniture. If you find cracks or mold, that will require immediate intervention to prevent further damage or deterioration.
Designate checkpoints to examine your property for leaks or water damage – it will keep you safer and protect your property for the future.