People live in all kinds of homes, whether they’re apartments, single family homes, town-homes, or anything in-between, but no one wants to ever have to deal with water damage. Even if you rent, water damage and mold can end up being a serious issue for you.
One of the first things that you should do if you’re serious about preventing water damage to the place that you live is to make a checklist of things that you should be keeping an eye on at least once a month. Believe it or not, 30 days can make a big difference in how much damage ends up being done by what looks like just a small leak.
Start with making a checklist for the bathroom; you can always post this on the inside of a cabinet door so you can do spot checks while you’re in there every once in a while.
Check the water shut off valve that’s located underneath your toilet. There shouldn’t be any leaks or dampness around the base of it close to the floor. If you do find this, that means that it could be leaking from the seal. Replacing the seal is pretty simple, but you do have to make sure that when you do it, it’s replaced on the new seal correctly or it will just leak again.
Checking under the bathroom sink is another top priority, because any water leakage under here can rot the floor of the cabinet out and be a pain to replace.
Water stains anywhere on the walls can also be indicative of plumbing leaks in the walls, so this needs to be noted and taken care of as quickly as possible, because you don’t know how much it’s leaking in there.
The kitchen is another source of potential issues, most importantly around the sink and dishwasher areas. Hot water heaters can also leak and create a lot of damage before you realize what’s happened.
Don’t forget about your laundry room; the water supply that feeds your washing machine is always a risk. If you’ve ever seen a washing machine flood a house, you already know about this one!
Outside sources of water leakage are also a problem. Anything that allows water to pond around the foundation of your house is a serious problem, whether it’s soil sloping toward your home or gutters that haven’t been cleaned out in ages.