Prevent Costly Water Leaks


Water leaks can happen anywhere in the house, but they typically occur in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry rooms. Early detection of problems in these areas can mean the difference between a simple mop-up job and major construction repairs.


Dishwasher –Check periodically under the sink to make sure the hose connection to the water supply line is secure and isn’t leaking. Check around the base of the dishwasher for discolored, warped or soft flooring materials or water damage to nearby cabinets which could indicate a leak.

Refrigerator – If your refrigerator has water and/or an icemaker, check the hose connection to make sure it is securely attached to the water supply line. The wet spot you see on the floor near the refrigerator may be melted ice cubes or it may be a crimped icemaker line about to burst.

Sink – Re-caulk around sinks and pay attention to slow-draining pipes. This may indicate a partially blocked drain. Check the pipes under the sink for signs of water leaks.


Showers, Tubs and Toilets – Discoloration or soft areas around floors and walls nearby may be your first indication there is a leak. Check caulking around the sink, shower, and tub for additional softening. The tank portion of some toilets can be prone to sweating, especially during summer. Condensation is created by cold water being in contact with the warmer walls of the porcelain tank. The moisture can form into beads and, if large enough, will drip onto the floor, making bathroom carpet wet or potentially accumulating in puddles on a hard surface.

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