Water Damage

How to protect your home


Inside your home


  Dishwasher-Periodically check for leaks under the sink where hose connects to the water supply lines.  Look for around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks, such as grout in tile floors being darker, warped, or soft flooring materials, or water damage on cabinets.

  Refrigerator-If your refrigerator has an icemaker, make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line.  Also, a wet spot on the floor may be a sign of an icemaker line that may burst.

  Sink-Replace deteriorated caulk around sinks, and check sinks for leaks.  A slow-draining pipe may indicate a partially blocked drain.


  Showers and bathtubs-Remove and replace deteriorated or cracked caulk and grout.  Water can leak through these damaged sealants, causing stains and soft areas around nearby walls and floors.

  Sinks-Check under the sink for leaks from water supply lines or drainpipes.

  Toilets-clogs can result from too much toilet paper or objects such as hanging bowl deodorants.  Also, some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode internal plastic or rubber parts, leading to a leak.

Basement, Laundry or Utility room

  Washing machine-Check hoses regularly for bulging, fraying, and leaks around hose ends.  Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program.  to make sure the does not kink, leave at least four inches between the water connection and the back of the washing machine.

  Water Heater-Most water heaters will last 10 to 12 years.  Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may be the signal a leak.  Water Heaters should be installed on the lowest level of the house, next to a floor drain, or inside a pan that drains into the drain.

Stopping leaks at the source 

  Check for hidden leaks.  First turn off all the faucets and all water using appliances, and don't flush the toilets for an hour.  Then, record the water meter reading.  If the little triangular or diamond shape is turning or the meter reading has changed while no water is being used, a leaking pipe may exist.

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