Living in a home with your family, you know that one of the irritating emergencies that can occur is if you have problems with wet areas. Especially when it’s either pressurized or hidden, water damage can cost thousands of dollars, and that wreckage can occur within a relative short period of time.
So, five wet areas around your home to be sure that you understand the basics of include areas around the water heater, under the sinks, into and out of the washing machine, anywhere that your basement might leak, and near and around all of your windows.
Around the Water Heater
Your hot water heater is one of the more important appliances in your home. If it goes on the fritz, say goodbye to hot water in showers, sinks, and washing machines. Doing dishes is going to be a pain, and depending on if there’s a leak or a blockage, you can end up paying extra for water or energy. Add to that, the area around a water heater can become damaged quite quickly as well. If you have anything of value to store, next to the water heater is not a good place for it, no matter how convenient the space is.
Under the Sinks
Check for leaks under your bathroom sinks regularly. Because this is such a common storage area, it’s easy for damage to occur. Plus, if you keep any cleaners or chemicals down there, if they get wet and slimy without anyone knowing, that can present a health hazard. Sink drains aren’t pressurized, but if gravity is making them leak, it can still be a big mess.
Into and Out of the Washer
Your washing machine can be the center of a disaster if anything goes wrong with the pipes going into and out of it. Because there’s soap and a lot of water being used, anything going wrong with the waste system is going to be gross and potentially expensive. If you see leaks around your machine, learn to diagnose the problem quickly.
Anyone who has a basement knows that there’s always the chance for areas down there to leak as well. Typically, there will be some sort of a sump pump to prevent major damage, but in the event of a storm where the power goes out as well, that’s a recipe for disaster. Your best bet it to make sure you have a backup generator.
And finally, check occasionally to make sure that rain and snow aren’t getting in through the seals around your exterior windows. There are a few different ways that window frames can warp, and a little bit of rain running down the outside walls can do a grip of damage quickly. During big storms, just do a quick check to make sure there are no puddles forming on interior sills.