July 13

The 7 Most Leak-Vulnerable Areas in Your Home

By Kevin Finn

July 13, 2020

There’s nothing worse than finding water damage in your home, especially if you could have prevented it in the first place. Homeowners should be aware of common places where leaks can be found in a home.  Water leaks are responsible for costly property damage.

Water leaks can cause damage that is so subtle that it can go unnoticed for several months. Water also causes damage indirectly in the form of vapor, humidity, and mold that thrive in moisture.  A professional cleaning company has the expertise and equipment to clean up after a leak has caused water damage.

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Common Leak-Prone Areas

Unexpected water exposure could ruin your walls, furniture, and floors as well as encourage the growth of mold. For these reasons, you should address leaks swiftly before they grow into costly problems.  Every homeowner must identify the most vulnerable areas a leak can occur in their home.

1. Water Heater

A leaking water heater is never a good sign. This usually signals that an internal component is seriously damaged and needs immediate repairs. You’ll know a leak is present if a puddle of water surrounds the water heater. 

Leaks can occur when there is too much pressure in the water heater tank, or the pressure relief valve is damaged. Sediment has built up inside the tank that causes the drain valve to become loose, resulting in a leaking water heater tank. Another area of concern is the components inside the water heater tank. They can become damaged or loose which can cause flooding around the base.

2. Air Conditioner

Leaks in the air conditioning unit are a sign that the system is malfunctioning. A professional would have to inspect the unit to find out the cause of the leak. Air conditioning leaks can occur when the drain pan, condensate pump, evaporator coils, or supply lines become damaged or clogged.

A clogged condensate drain line is the most common cause of water leaking from an air conditioning unit. When the drain line is filled with dust, dirt, or sludge, water begins to back up into your home.

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3. Water Pipes

Water pipes are always vulnerable to leaking because they can be affected by freezing temperatures that cause pipes to expand and eventually crack. Other issues such as tree root infiltration and incorrect installation can also cause leakage.

4. The Sink

A bathroom or kitchen sink is in constant use requiring repairs over time. If you notice the wall under your sink is wet, your pipes have condensation on them. Or if a puddle forms  on the floor beneath the sink, you probably have a leak in your sink.

5. Kitchen Appliances

  • Refrigerator. Most modern refrigerators come with built-in ice makers, which can cause leaks when they’re not used properly or they malfunction.  A leaking refrigerator is usually caused by a clogged defrost drain or water supply line. Water makes its way to the floor or the wall.
  • Dishwasher. Water leaks from a dishwasher in two ways. The first is when water is backing up and overflowing through the door. The second involves loose connections in the hose.

6. Washing Machine

Tons of water is used to wash and clean clothes. If there’s a hole or crack somewhere within a washing machine, water will surely leak out and cause problems in your home. Water tends to come out of the bottom of the base. This can be caused by issues with the fill or drain hoses.

7. The Roof

The first line of defense from heavy downpours and high winds is the roof.  Over time, both elements will cause wear and tear on roofing components. If water is penetrating the surface of the roof there are certain components to inspect.

  • Separated Decking. If sunlight is coming through the attic, that means the decking has holes or separation has occurred.
  • Flashing. Leaks can also form at points where roofing sections meet typically around chimneys.
  • Ventilation. The attic ventilation system is important to eliminate humidity during the summertime or ice formation in the winter.

Leaks Can Cause Water Damage

If there is a water leak in your home, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber to repair the leak. Once repaired, you may have remaining water damage or mold growth. That’s when you need the services of St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration.

We will remove all water in your home and dry out its contents. Our certified and professionally trained technicians will perform water and mold remediation and restore your home to its previous state. Contact us today so we can clean your home and get it back to normal.

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