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Water is arguably the most destructive natural force on the planet. It is responsible for the two largest natural disasters in human history (two floods in China, 1931 and 1887). It is also responsible for billions upon billions of dollars in property damage annually worldwide.

The type of destruction that water causes is not always in the way of a giant wave that covers a large area. Water can also cause damage that is so subtle that it can go unnoticed for several months. Water also causes damage indirectly in the form vapor, humidity, and proliferation of organisms such as mold and algae that thrive in moisture.

Kitchen Appliances

We will start with the most obvious: the kitchen. Other than the living room, the kitchen sees the most traffic from the average household every day. 1 or more family members use the kitchen 8-10 times within a 24-hour period. What this means for this busy area of the home is that water is running all the time.

What to Look For:

  • Dishwasher. There are two main issues with dishwasher. The first, is the threat of water backing up and overflowing through the door. The second is loose connections in the hose.
  • The refrigerator. Most modern refrigerators contain icemakers. Since this requires water, plastic or copper miniature hose runs from the refrigerator to a connection in the plumbing located either on through the wall or through the floor.

Underneath the House

If you have ever been under your house, then you have observed how intricate the plumbing network is. Multiple pipes all feed into one pipe that channels water into the main. With all those connections, a leak is almost inevitable. Surprisingly, however, certified and experienced plumbing technicians can secure a plumbing system that will last for several years without any problems. In some cases the entire network can go for up to 20 years without experience any leaks or damage.

What to Look for:

  • Loose connection. Regardless of the type of plumbing you have a loose connection can occur. A plumbing assembly can become loose prematurely if there is movement in the network. A shifting house, a wind tunnel, or a flood usually causes the pipes to move.
  • Corrosion. Metal pipes will become corroded over time. The corrosion can be cause by bad water inside the pipes (in which case, your plumbing system needs an inspection immediately) or the environment outside of the pipes.

Sinks

The entire family will use the bathroom or kitchen sink over and over countless times throughout the day. Although sinks are specially designed for ongoing activity, the parts inside a sink will wear down and need to be replaced. Fortunately, the homeowner can fix many of the components in a sink. A simple DIY project and a few instructions are all that you will need to restore a bad sink where there are plumbing connections. If you have to replace the entire sink, then you will want to hire a professional to ensure that the job is completed according to industry, city, and state codes.

What to Look For:

  • The fixture. Most fixtures such as faucets either leak through the base of the spout or the hot and cold handles.
  • The drain. You will know right away if the drain in your sink is loose. Water will pour through the sink and out the counter underneath the base.
  • The bowl. If your sink is cracked then water is sure to trickle through eventually. It’s only a matter of time.

Shower

The shower is arguably the area of your home that utilizes the most amount of water. The typical household in America will use up to 40 gallons of water per day just in the shower alone. Whether your shower is connected to a tub or built as a stand-alone, repairing leaks can become costly and labor-intensive. It all depends on where the leak is.

One thing that you can count on with showers is that the main points of connections are generally hidden. Most contractors will strategically place showers so that there is an internal wall somewhere behind the plumbing connections. This makes them easier to access when a leak occurs.

What to Look For:

  • Shower heads. Shower head leaks are one of the most common leaks in the entire house. When purchasing a shower head, invest in a high-quality model so that you can keep leaks to a minimum. Do some research first.
  • The drain. Drain will come loose overtime, and the water will leak underneath the tub. This can cause mold or structural damage to the house depending on what’s underneath.
  • Tub or tile surface. Most stand-alone showers are now encased in heavy-duty watertight tile walls and flooring. It is wise to have your shower area inspected every 2-3 years for possible leaks that could be winding through the grout.

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Washing Machine

Washing Machine leaks are not as common as you may think. If you notice water coming out of the bottom of the base, it could be a sign that the machine needs repair. Although it would be easy to dismiss a leak as nothing more than a loose external hose, in many cases several conditions can lead to an internal leak as well.

If you’re not skilled in working on appliances, then your best option is to call either a plumber or a certified appliance repairman. By certified, we mean that they are officially certified to repair either specific brands or all brands. Some manufacturers require repairmen to be certified to work on their specific washing machine brand.

What to Look For:

  • Fill hoses. Fill hoses are connected to the supply hoses. Check the connections on both ends.
  • Drain hoses. Water is pumped out of the machine into the drain hose and onto the drains.
  • Other components. The water inlet system, the detergent dispenser (front load machines).

Water Heater

Standard tank water heaters have warranties that last anywhere from 6 to 12 years. It is critical to have your water heater inspected and maintained at least once a year. Here’s why: warranties cover the period when a manufacturer can ‘guarantee’ that the model will perform as it should without any problems under normal conditions.

When the warranty runs out, you will start to notice problems with the water heater. By taking care of the water within the warranty period, the unit should last its entire life expectancy with a few additional years with minimal repairs and maintenance.

What to Look For:

  • The temperature and pressure relief valve. There is either too much pressure in the water heater tank or the pressure relief valve is damaged.
  • The drain valve. The drain valve is useful for removing sediment that can build up inside the tank. The valve may be loose.
  • The tank. Tank walls rarely leak. Components inside a tank, however, can come loose or become damaged and cause flooding around the base.

Toilet

A toilet may look like a simple device, but it is filled with connections from top to bottom. There are plenty of opportunities for water to escape in tiniest areas. If you hear dripping inside the toilet, do not be alarmed – it’s not a leak. The drip, drip, drip is caused when the stopper inside the tank does not properly close. Tiny droplets can seep through and cause a loud irritating drip. The good is that the drip will not hit the floor. Rather, it will fall into the bowl.

What to Look For:

  • Loose connections. If the leak isn’t obvious, then start from the top down. Make sure the large plastic nuts underneath the bowl are screwed on tight and properly sealed. Check the condition of the hoses running from the wall to the tank. Last, check the faucet.
  • Bowl & tank. If the bowl or tank is cracked, then water is sure to leak through. A damaged tank or bowl cannot be fixed. Your toilet will have to be replaced.
  • The flange seal. Inside the base of the bowl the toilet is connected to a large pipe at the opening or the ‘flange’. The bowl is placed over the flange and coated with a flange sealant so that the connection is watertight.

Roof Leaking

The Roof

The roofing system on your house is the first line of defense from heavy downpours and high winds. Over time, both of these elements will cause wear and tear on most of the roofing components. Like other parts of your house, your roof needs to be inspected every 2-3 years to ensure that there is zero water penetrating the surface. If water can get through the decking or the ventilation, then it’s a safe bet that it’s trickling somewhere else in the house.

What to Look For:

  • Separated decking. The best place to look for separation or holes in the decking is in the attic. Look for sunlight coming through the surface.
  • Flashing. Flashing is used at the points where roofing sections meet (called the valley) or around chimneys and pipes.
  • The Roofing Material. Roofing material is used to cover the roof decking and add décor to the roof system. Roofing material can be made from asphalt shingles, metal, tile, or wood.
  • Ventilation. It is important that the attic is well ventilated to eliminate humidity during the summertime or ice formation in the winter. Check the ventilation on the side of the roof as well as any on the top.

Contact Just Floods if Your House is Damaged from Leaks

Has your house suffered from water damage due to leaks? Then contact Just Floods. We can send a team of home restoration and water cleanup technicians to clean up the water and make the necessary repairs to your home. Call us today at 888.315.3011 and let us help you today. You can also message us on our contact page. We will respond to your call or message immediately!