Water damage is a common problem that many homeowners don’t think about until they see obvious signs of flooding or mold. Water leaks should be addressed early. Prompt fixes are more affordable than expensive repairs and replacements. To manage water damage, you need to know where to look for the signs. Here are 5 common places water damage occurs.

Windows are Places Water Damage Occurs

Improperly installed or rotten frames can allow rain to seep in around the windows and into the walls. If not fixed, you will need to replace rotten wall studs and framing.

Early signs include peeling or cracking paint and mold along the wall beneath the window. Another sign is a rotted exterior windowsill. Over the years, water can seep in through the cracks and cause the wooden sill to soften. Test this by pressing a screwdriver along the windowsill. If it feels spongy, your wooden sill is rotting and needs to be replaced.

Bathroom Walls Behind Fixtures

Water lines behind the walls can leak or burst and cause water damage to these areas. This is more likely if the plumbing pipes are old. Plumbing connections tend to degrade and leak over time.

While signs of a serious water leak are not often visible in the early stages of the problem, regular inspections will help you spot minor leaks that are easily fixed. Damp flooring and walls, cracked paint and tiles, and mold or musty smells are telltale signs that you have a water leak behind the walls in your bathroom or kitchen.

Places Water Damage Occurs Include Ceilings

A leaky roof can cause water stains and even mold growing on your ceilings. Water dripping through a leak in the roof may pool in the ceiling and cause water puddles, peeling paint, and mold stains. When the problem gets worse, water can drip through the ceiling and leave puddles of water on the floor.

Gutter Leaks

Old leaky gutters or gutters that are improperly installed won’t properly divert water away from your home. Signs include damp patches on the wall and ceilings, stained, moldy, or mossy exterior walls, and rot. Regular inspections and gutter maintenance keep the gutters working correctly to protect your home.

Under the Toilet

Check the wax ring that seals the base of your toilet. Over time, this seal can loosen, resulting in water pooling around the base of your toilet. A more serious sign is when you notice your toilet wobbling. If the leak has gone unnoticed for a long time, water may have leaked onto the subfloor causing it to rot the portion of the floor that supports your toilet.

Regular inspections and maintenance of these places that are prone to water leaks are your main line of defense against water damage. Check these areas out on a regular basis or schedule yearly inspections with professionals.

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