Preventing Costly Water Leaks

The Manmade Kind
Many homeowners worry about water damage from heavy rainstorms, yet few ever think about potential trouble spots in their own plumbing. Unlike the weather, plumbing-related water damage can be avoided with routine maintenance and a little assistance from a professional plumber.

Water leaks can happen anywhere in the house, but they occur most frequently in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry rooms. Early detection of problems in these areas can mean the difference between a simple mop-up job and major construction repairs.

Kitchen
  • Dishwasher - Periodically check under the sink to see if the hose connection to the water supply line is secure and is not leaking. Check around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks. Look for discolored, warped or soft flooring materials or water damage to nearby cabinets.
     
  • Refrigerator – If your refrigerator has an icemaker, check the hose connection to make sure it is securely attached to the water supply line. The wet spot you see on the floor near the refrigerator may be melted ice cubes or it may be a crimped icemaker line about to burst.
     
  • Sink – Recaulk around sinks and pay attention to slow-draining pipes. This may indicate a partially blocked drain. Check the pipes under the sink for signs of water leaks.

Bathroom
Showers, Tubs and Toilets – Discoloration or soft areas around floors and walls nearby may be your first indication there is a leak somewhere. Check caulking around the sink, shower, and tub for additional softening.



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