Look for Signs of Water

There are many places in a home where signs of water damage are less than obvious, until it’s a real problem. Instead, spend some time on a dry day this month evaluating the following areas:

Gutters – dirt and other gunk in the gutters can push water into the siding and roof line.

Toilets and Showers – listen for a toilet that is constantly “running” and check the sealants to the floor and around plumbing fixtures for unexpected water or damage. Discoloration on tile can also indicate a drainage issue.

Water heaters – in our experience, when a water heater breaks, it makes a big mess often requiring new flooring, drywall and potentially more. One of the ways to get an early warning is to put a monitor on it so that you’ll be warned of potential moisture.

Pipes – if you know your home has pipes next to exterior walls, it’s important to insulate them to protect them from frigid weather. If you’re planning to be out of town for awhile and cold temperatures are a concern, it may behoove you to leave a faucet dripping and cabinet doors open so that the heat can easily get to them while you’re gone.

Dishwasher – this appliance is a common offender. Regular checks to be sure nothing is impeding drainage is key to keep it operating well.

Chimney – if you see wet roofing shingles even on a dry day, it’s time to have a professional come take a look. Flashing can get improperly installed or moved around a chimney, creating pockets of water, which will eventually find a way inside.

Wishing you a dry month!

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