Noticing Water Leaks? Check Out These Common Culprits | SERVPRO® of South Bronx
Do you see damp spots on the ceiling? Is there a dried water stain down the wall? A puddle of water under the kitchen sink? No one likes to deal with these situations.
Unfortunately, we seldom get notice of an impending water disaster. Water takes the path of least resistance, and that can lead to water being in places it shouldn’t be.
Knowing how water can enter your home and ensuring those systems that are designed to keep water out are working as planned is an important way of limiting your risk. Here are a few of the most common origins of home water damage to keep your eyes on:
Faucet connection and washers. Most faucets use rubber gaskets to seal the water into the faucet. Over time, these degrade and wear out. Pressure from the supply line can then cause a leak.
Refrigerator drain pan. The evaporator coil usually handles the water generated from the defrost cycle, but whatever it doesn’t handle falls into the drain pan. Most of the time, it will evaporate naturally. If not working properly, water can accumulate and overflow the drip pan.
Foundation cracks. Cracks in the foundation of your house are easy places for water to infiltrate. If this occurs, contact a professional foundation repair expert to evaluate the problem and offer solutions.
Vent boots. Vent boots can degrade and cause small leaks. Over time, these leaks can create major damage in the roof system and the surrounding framing. These issues should be identified and repaired quickly.
Defective septic tank. There are any number of reasons for an improperly draining septic tank. The most obvious reason is that solids have built up in the system and clogged the outflow opening into the drain field.
Moisture in the crawlspace. Excessive moisture in the crawlspace can lead to rot, mold and structural damage if not addressed quickly. This moist environment is always a breeding ground for termites and other pests.
It’s important to keep up with the systems that keep water and moisture out of your home. If you can observe the warning signs in advance and make repairs, you may avoid a major repair.
If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.