Plumbing problems and roof leaks can damage your home. Structural components may be weakened and materials in your home can become discolored and start to deteriorate. You can’t stop the leak and make repairs if you don’t know where the problem originated. Here is a list of places to look for hidden water damage in your home.

Under the Siding

Rainwater can get beneath your siding and damage the insulation and drywall. To help prevent this type of damage, clean your guttering at least twice every year. If you live in a heavily wooded area you may need to remove leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the gutters more frequently so that they properly direct water away from your home.

Water Damage in Your Home May Occur Beneath Sinks

Periodically check beneath your sinks to look for leaking plumbing pipes. You may notice water stains on the cabinetry, mold growth, and deterioration of the wood beneath the sink. Leaks that occur beneath the sink commonly originate from the drain, sink trap, or water supply lines.

Behind the Drywall

In case of a flood caused by a natural disaster or a major plumbing leak, you might find damage behind the drywall. Sometimes this type of water damage is visible as dark stains or streaks on your walls.

If your home experiences a flood, make every effort to thoroughly dry the area as soon as possible. For severe flooding, hire a water mitigation company to help with cleanup efforts. Check the drywall, especially lower on the wall, for soft spots and deterioration. Damp drywall will need to be torn out and replaced.

You May Find Water Damage Under the Dishwasher

Leaks may develop from your dishwasher’s water supply line or near the drain of the appliance. Over time, leaks can cause major damage to your flooring and subfloor. Pay attention to the dishwasher and make sure it’s draining thoroughly each time you use it. Look for puddles in front of the machine.

If you find a leak, check the hoses to make sure everything is connected properly. If the tub of your dishwasher is leaking, this could be due to harsh detergents or minerals in your water. Installing a water filtration system will help to prevent this problem in the future.

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