Roofing leaks and plumbing problems can lead to water damage, mold growth, and structural issues. While sometimes the signs are obvious, not all water damage will be noticed right away. To protect your home and your family, here are some places to look for water damage in your home.
Look for Water Damage Under the Siding
Siding is designed to protect the home from water, but if the siding is damaged or the gutters are overflowing, water may leak behind the siding and cause mold growth and other issues.
Holes and cracks in the siding and gaps in the installation leave your home susceptible to water intrusions. Clogged gutters that overflow may direct water behind the siding and cause damage over time. Moisture damage can lead to mold growth and insect infestation.
Beneath the Dishwasher
The dishwasher is often taken for granted until it causes problems. Your dishwasher leaking can contribute to mold growth and water damage in your home. It may be leaking because of a clogged filter, a faulty door seal, a damaged water inlet valve, or broken hose clamps.
Depending on the cause and severity of the leak, you may notice a puddle just beneath your dishwasher. However, it’s possible for a leak to go unnoticed, especially if it occurs near the intake or drain hoses.
Between the Bathtub and the Wall
Caulk is used to seal the edges where the bathtub meets the wall. Over time, the caulk will deteriorate and crack, allowing water to seep into the space between the tub and wall. To prevent water damage and mold growth, remove and replace the caulking as needed.
Look Under Sinks for Water Damage
If you don’t make a habit of doing so, you may forget to check under your sinks for leaks. The plumbing beneath a sink might become loose and allow water to drip. Over time, this causes damage to the cabinet and wall. The entire cabinet may need to be replaced if mold forms and the materials sustain enough damage.
Behind the Drywall
Drywall can become damaged as a result of a plumbing leak or flooding. If you experience either, check the drywall for dampness, water stains, and soft spots. Drywall is highly susceptible to moisture damage and usually cannot be salvaged. Remove the damaged pieces and replace them after repairing the water leak and completely drying the area.