A plumbing leak can occur anywhere inside the home. Even a slow leak can lead to devastating damages and the development of mold. You may not be able to locate the leak but certain signs will point to its presence. When you begin to develop a damp musty smell, you have water damage somewhere in your home. Leaks often occur in certain areas of the home, and the musty odor will often point in the direction where to begin your search for the leak. Disaster Services will share where in the home leaks are most likely to develop and when to seek professional water damage restoration services.
How Do I Find a Leak in My Kitchen?
There are a few areas in the kitchen where you can develop a leak. One of the most common places to start your search is under the kitchen sink. The water connections, the garbage disposal, the drainage and the dish washer connections all can develop a leak. It is the smaller leaks that can go undetected and will do some of the major damages to the home. Not only does the water damage the material in the kitchen, but it can also lead to mold. Another area to check for water damage is behind the refrigerator. Most modern refrigerators have a water line that connects to the refrigerator for ice and water. These lines can develop a leak, and sometimes the water supply valve will corrode and develop a leak as well.
Hidden Water Damage in Laundry Room
Another appliance that can lead to major water damage is the laundry washing machine. The washing machine also has a water supply line that can develop the leak or the washing machine directly can begin to leak. The washing machine has a drainage line that can become clogged and begin to leak back inside the home. Even the dryer can develop problems that cause hot humid air in the home that leads to mold and water damage. Check behind and underneath the washer and dryer as well as the wall behind the units for water damage.
How Do I Find a Hidden Roof Leak in Attic?
The roof can develop a leak which will affect the inside of the attic in many ways. You may even see water stains on your ceilings. A leaking roof can cause mold to develop in the attic insulation, rot the roof framing and joists. Water can damage the sheet rock used for the ceiling and travel down to the wall. Another source of a leak in the attic is from the HVAC system. For those with a split HVAC system you may have the air handler in your attic. The HVAC system can develop problems that result in leaks. Do not rule out the attic for the site of the water damage.
How Do I Find the Source of a Plumbing Leak?
One of the more difficult leaks to locate and detect is when the pipes in the wall and in the floor cracks or leaks. These leaks can be behind the wall or under the floors and even in the ceiling for multi-story homes. You will need to look for water stains, soft drywall, mold and discoloration along the floors, walls and ceiling.
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Depending on how long the leak has gone undiscovered, you can have major water damage and mold inside your home. To ensure your home is restored and the mold properly treated, contact Disaster Services today.