Water damage can happen just about anywhere. There are, however, a few problems areas where water threats are both common and difficult to detect. This poses an especially difficult problem because water can go on undetected for a long period of time. From our water damage restoration experts at Serenity Restoration, in Atlanta, here are five of these areas you should look out for.
It is a common problem for rain or snow to seep in through a damaged roof or portions of the roof with missing shingles. Getting up on your roof to inspect it is understandably inconvenient. Nonetheless, it is worth taking the few extra minutes it requires to do this to have some peace of mind regarding the state of your roof.
Because there are so many different water sources in bathrooms, they are a clear target for water damage. One of the worst types of damages in a bathroom is caused by a leaky sink. This is especially problematic because water damage of this sort isn’t always easily detectable so a leak can go on for a long time without being noticed. Fortunately, most other types of bathroom water threats like leaky toilets or showers are noticed quickly so you can put a stop the leaking before it causes any serious damage.
Gravity gives the best explanation for water damage in basements and crawl spaces. Any water that comes from above will, given enough time, eventually make its way down to the lower levels of your home. Make sure that your home’s foundation is strong and doesn’t have any weak spots that water could seep throw. Also, consider installing window well covers to keep water from seeping in through your exposed window wells.
The refrigerator is an important place you should look for potential damage. Refrigerators, especially those that have ice makers, use a lot of water. Even a small leak of malfunction can lead to a large amount of water spilling out of your refrigerator and damaging your kitchen flood.
Water heaters are notorious for causing water damage. The typical water heater has a lifespan of anywhere between 10 and 20 years. Thus, if you are using an old water heater, you should be extra wary of it causing damages. One way you can practice caution with an old water heater is to simply go check on it every few days. If you don’t go down to where your water heater is located very often, you may want to make a habit of checking up on it on a regular basis.
Don’t put up with water damage in any part of your home! As you focus on damage prevention efforts toward the regions listed above, you should be able to prevent the vast majority of water threats. However, if your home does ever sustain any damages, give us a call at Serenity Restoration, in Atlanta GA, for help ASAP.