The key to finding and preventing water damage is to know where it is most likely to happen. As a homeowner, it’s important to look for signs of problems and perform routine maintenance to keep your property in good condition. Let’s take a look at some of the most common places water damage in the home might occur.


Faulty Plumbing Can Lead to Water Damage in the Home

Plumbing pipes are one of the most common causes of water damage. Leaky plumbing can lead to property damage and mold growth, but often leaks are not found until the damage to the building has been done. Older pipes may deteriorate and spring leaks, so a routine plumbing inspection can catch problems before major damage occurs.


Bathrooms, Kitchens, and Laundry Rooms

Water-consuming fixtures and appliances such as toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines, can leak and cause damage. Usually, these leaks are easier to spot. You might notice a puddle beneath the dishwasher or behind the washing machine. The refrigerator may produce condensation or the water intake lines can leak. Any issues should be evaluated by a professional plumber or appliance repair person to prevent damage to your home.


Air Conditioning Unit

Air conditioners produce condensation and can develop leaks. Whether it’s a window unit or central air conditioning, AC units create a lot of moisture. The hoses that divert the condensation to the drain may leak or get dislodged, causing water damage to occur. Leaks in the air conditioner unit should be assessed and handled only by an HVAC professional, as attempting to repair these appliances is not a DIY task.


Overflowing Gutters on Your Home Can Lead to Water Damage

The guttering of the home can cause water damage if the channels become blocked with debris. Clogged or broken gutters cannot properly divert water from your home and foundation. Overflowing gutters lead to water seeping beneath the roofing materials or puddling near the foundation. Water can get into your basement and cause damage to the structure of your home and lead to mold growth. Clean the gutters at least twice each year. Inspect them for rust or damage and make repairs as needed.


Keep an eye on your property and pay attention to signs of moisture damage. Make repairs as soon as possible to keep your home safe and prevent major problems.


Polar Home Inspections offers inspection services to customers in Southeast Michigan and Northern Indiana. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an inspection.