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Finding Sneaky Leaks | SERVPRO of Englewood, Placida

9/22/2023 (Permalink)

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Water is a pretty destructive force. In its raw, natural form, it can create large floods that overwhelm streets and fill your basement faster than you ever thought possible. Water damage can be pretty devastating, too, especially when it hits hard and fast. 

Even when it isn’t rushing through your doors and leaving everything in its path sopping wet, water can still do a whole lot of damage. A hidden water leak can end up causing water to seep through walls, floors and into the very structure of your home, leaving you with costly repairs.

If you spend time checking for water in places it shouldn’t be, you can mitigate a lot of that damage. Get to know the most common places water might be hiding out in your home, and make keeping things dry a priority. 

Find the Drips

In order to prevent damage from water, you have to know where to look for it. You might already make checking under your sinks and around the bathtub a habit, but these aren’t the only culprits of sneaky leaks. 

If you are checking around your tub or shower during your weekly cleaning when your bathroom is dry, make sure to also look for water droplets or splash leaks right after your shower has been used. Even if you dry up any escaping water after every use, this could still be leading to hidden damage as it creeps into cracks and starts to cause your sealant to wear away. 

Make sure your curtain or door is long enough, and refresh or replace the caulking around your tub every few years or at any signs of deterioration. 

If your drains are running slow anywhere in your home, this could be another sign of an issue, even if you can’t find any dripping from the pipes. A slow- moving drain could be allowing water to seep around the pipe into the connecting floor joists. Take the tub drain apart and check for clogs or any cracks to help keep water flowing smoothly. 

Clean It Up & Protect Your Home

Even if you check every nook and cranny of your home, sneaky water damage might still leave parts of your home wet. If you ever find water damage, the faster you can start drying things up, the better. 

If the leak is still flowing, find your water shutoff valve and turn the water off at the source. If the water was under an appliance or somewhere you have items stored, remove everything and allow the area to dry completely before returning anything to the area. 

Take some steps to keep things dry long-term, especially around appliances, under sinks and in the bathroom. Have your air conditioning checked by a professional regularly, and watch for puddles around the unit. 

Check connection points on hoses that connect to your dishwasher and your refrigerator. Keep an eye out for corrosion on any metal parts on water hoses. That could be a sign of a slow drip that could be leading to damages. 

The more you can do to stop every small drip and keep all of your water lines running well the less chances you will have of ending up with costly damages. Get to know the signs of sneaky water leaks and keep your home safe. 

Have you found water damage in your home? Contact us to clean up even the sneakiest water leaks.

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