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The Places Water Likes to Hide | SERVPRO of Westfield

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

close up of condensation on window pane and ledge Water damage can happen anywhere in your home. Call SERVPRO of Westfield to restore water damage on your property 24/7, 365.

How often do you use water during the day? From hosing down the dog after a muddy romp to running a load of dishes in the dishwasher, having water whenever we need it makes our lives a whole lot easier. It makes our lives easier until it ends up in the wrong places, at least.

Whether it is Mother Nature throwing us for a loop or an appliance failure, water moves fast and can cause a whole lot of damage. When you get to know the most common places your home may be affected by water damage, though, you can take action to prevent it.

Under Your Sinks

Your kitchen and your bathrooms are both prime locations for potential water leaks that could lead to extensive damage. Under your sinks, there are likely multiple waterlines leading in different directions, and this combined with the items you have stored can make finding a drip hard to do.

Put checking under all your sinks on your weekly to-do list. Look for the obvious signs, like drops of water or puddles. Feel around all of the water lines under your sink, checking for deterioration or excess moisture.

Make sure that all of the connecting points are tight and replace anything that has started to wear out. Leaks under the sink can seep under your floor or into cabinets, so the faster you find them the better.

Beneath Appliances

Our appliances are another thing in our home that make our days easier, but they are also susceptible to water leaks. When an appliance has a small leak, it can be hard to find. They often start under or behind the appliance, which means they can drip long-term unnoticed.

Pull out your dishwasher, washing machines and refrigerator every few months for a deep cleaning. Check the area under and behind them for signs of water damage. Mold growth, soft spots in the floor or drops of water are all warning signs that you have a leak and need to dig a little deeper to find and correct it.

Behind Your Walls or Floors

There are a lot of reasons why even a small leak can be detrimental to your home, but one of the biggest ones is all the other places that water can get into. Water moves quickly, and it will find its way into every crevice, opening or crack. That means that any leak can result in damage behind your wall or under your floor.

Pay close attention if you think you smell a musty odor. A squeaky spot in the floor is another red flag that you should spend some more time investigating potential issues.

Around Your Windows and Doors

When the internal temperature or external temperatures dip from high to low in a day, it can lead to condensation on your windows. While this might be common, it could lead to structural damage as water seeps into the structure of your home. Condensation can hang out a lot longer than you think.

Run your hands around the windowframes and doorframes in your home every few weeks to feel for moisture. Check to ensure your seals don’t have any gaps, and fill in any caulking that has worn down.

Even if you do find damage in your home from a source of water, don’t let it worry you. With a single call to SERVPRO®, you can get restoration started fast. We are ready to handle anything from a total flood to structural damage done after a leak hid out too long. Whatever your home needs, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t ignore signs of water damage! Call SERVPRO for a quick restoration.

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