You never know when water damage can happen in your home. It often can come from unexpected events and unexpected places. Some places in your home that can cause water damage are unobvious.
While there are other places where you can expect water damage to occur, for example in your bathroom from an overflowing toilet, or you may have a pipe burst under your kitchen sink. Whatever the case may be, having water damage occur within your home is an event you don’t want to happen, and you should always try and prevent it from happening in the first place if possible.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Typically, if you were to take a walk around your home and you were to think about the places that water damage could happen, you would go to the most visible spots first. Such as the toilets and your sinks, but what most people overlook are the things that aren’t as obvious or visible.
The first thing to think of is all of the pipes that are running through the entirety of your home. There are pipes not only hidden behind the walls of your home, but also under your floors, and even overhead in your ceilings. These pipes are there to be concealed and out of your view. Having these pipes throughout your home are important and are there to deliver water to all the appliances throughout your home that require a water hook-up to function. Things such as your ice maker or your dishwasher, your washing machine and your refrigerator all need water to operate. When was the last time that you did an inspection of those devices for water leaks?
Realistically, you should inspect all devices with water hook-ups in your home several times throughout the year. And maybe even more often, depending on the age as well as the wear and tear of those appliances. The last thing you would want is to have one of these devices spring a leak and for it to go unnoticed for months and to be leaking behind your wall undetected.
Another thing you want to make sure to check up on are the appliances that may be in the out of the way places such as your water softener or your water heater. If you are a person that keeps a secondary fridge or freezer out in your garage, you will also need to follow these on your inspection list. Always make sure to check the pipes that run to your sinks and toilets for any signs of wear and tear or degradation that may occur over time. Even a newer appliance can spring an unexpected leak, which is why it is so important to keep a watchful eye on them as well.
Not all water leaks take place within the home, many of them can occur outside of your home. Rain and wind can do severe damage to your home both inside and out. A massive windstorm can easily rip off shingles from your roof or send a tree branch through your window. Flash floods can occur at any time, and can do an extreme amount of damage and so can overflowing storm grates. If your gutters and downspouts are not in optimal condition, they too can cause flood damage to your home.
If you don’t keep your eaves unclogged from debris, they too can cause water to sit and pool in one place on your roof and can cause it to weaken. If water sits in one place for a long time, it can cause leaks to go unnoticed for extended periods and they may be in the corner of your attic or may cause water to drip down behind your wall. Always be sure to clean your eaves regularly, a minimum of once a year and more if possible. If a massive windstorm has hit your area, they definitely could have become clogged up with debris.
Another area of concern that quickly can become clogged is a storm drain. Don’t depend on the city to keep them cleared. If you happen to notice a blockage, you might as well save your home from being damaged and remove the obstruction yourself. That blockage, if left obstructed, cannot only cause severe damage to your home but to your neighbors’ homes as well.
Call in the Professionals
If your home has suffered home any water damage from any of the unexpected sources mentioned above and you live in Palm Beach County, FL. Please feel free to call us at NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services at (561) 445-8483.