Rain and snow can take a toll on your home and you may not even realize it until it’s too late. Water damage on a home can lead to wood rot, peeling paint, insect infestation, mold, shorter life span of roofing and siding, and higher maintenance costs. Here are some common places to check to help prevent water damage from happening to you.
- Windows and doors: Check for leaks near the corners, peeling paint, discolorations in paint or caulking as well as swelling in windows, door frames and surrounding materials.
- Roof: Repair or replace shingles around any area that allows water to penetrate the roof sheathing. Leaks are particularly common around chimneys, plumbing vents and attic vents.
- Foundation and exterior walls: Seal any cracks and holes in external walls, joints and foundations.
- Plumbing: Check for leaking faucets, dripping or “sweating” pipes, clogged drains and faulty water drainage systems. Inspect washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or wetness. Inspect the water heater for signs of rust or water on the floor.
- Termite-damaged material: Check for termite damage in wood materials such as walls, beams or floors.
- Attics: Check for holes, air leaks or bypasses from the house and make sure there is enough insulation to keep house heat from escaping.
- Basements: Make sure basement windows and doors have built-up barriers or flood shields. Inspect sump pumps to ensure they work properly.
- Air conditioners: Check drain pans to make sure they drain freely, are adequately sloped toward outlets and that no standing water is present. Make sure drain lines are clean and clear of obstructions.
- Irrigation: Inspect and adjust the spray pattern of the irrigation heads to minimize the water sprayed directly onto the house to avoid excessive water near the foundation.