The Most Common Spots in Your Home for Water Leaks | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin
Water can do a significant amount of damage to a home. Leaks can be behind walls and hidden for years, rotting the structure and surrounding framing. By the time you notice it, it’s too late, the damage is done.
Unfortunately, we rarely get advanced notice before something damaging occurs. Water is always looking for a place to go, and any crack or crevice will do.
Knowing how water can enter your home and inspecting those area regularly can help you avoid a costly water repair. Let’s look at a few of the most common sources of home water damage:
Gaskets on faucets. From flappers to seals, there are plenty of places for water to leak in these simple but heavily used fixtures. Faucet gaskets degrade over time and breakdown and leak. Faucets should last anywhere from 10 to 20 years before needing to be replaced.
Refrigerator condenser coil. The condenser coil evaporates excess water from the defrost system of the refrigerator. If the coil isn’t working properly, water can accumulate in the drip pan and overflow.
Roof flashing. Flashing is a thin, usually galvanized steel, material that is installed on critical parts of the roof. Flashing is installed to surround roof features such as chimneys, skylights, vents and valleys.
Septic system issues. Old or damaged pipes are a frequent cause—this can happen due to tree roots finding a crack in outdoor lines. Approximately 20% of the homes in the U.S. use septic systems for on-site wastewater treatment. Septic tanks should be inspected by a professional every three years and pumped between three and five years.
Sump pump issues. Some homes utilize a sump pump to accumulate and remove water. Homes with a crawlspace or basement need a mechanism to remove water from these areas. Sump pumps are designed to accumulate water in a catch basin, and then the sump pump pumps the water out into a drain or away from the house. Make sure it has a reliable power source and is free of debris.
It’s always important to keep up with the state of your pipes, appliances and roofs, and other systems that remove water from your home. All have shelf lives and require periodic checking. If you can catch the signs of wear before a leak occurs, you can save yourself time and money.
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.