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4 Important Places to Check for Water Leaks

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It’s no secret that water damage to your home is often expensive — and messy — to repair. Your best bet for reducing your risk of water damage is to spot potential leaks in your pipes, faucets, and appliances before they become a major problem.

Are you wondering where to start? We’ve put together a list of the four most important places to check for leaks in your house.

1. In Your Bathrooms

You use a lot of water in your bathroom. All of that water has to go through the pipes around your bathrooms, including the pipe system in and out of bathroom amenities. Regularly checking your bathroom for leaks gives you the best chance to stop water damage before it starts.

2. Around Your Water Heater

The hot water tank on your water heater is a common place for leaks to occur — and a place you usually wouldn’t look. That means a leak from a water heater could cause a lot of expensive damage before you notice, even with homeowners insurance. A quick way to check for water heater leaks is to simply listen. Turn off other sources of noise and stand next to the water tank. If you can hear dripping or running water, you may have a leaky or damaged water heater. Follow the noise of running water to try and confirm where the leak is occurring.

It’s not always easy to learn how to find where a leak is coming from by listening, but you can still look for signs. Start at the top of the water heater and inspect the pipes that attach from the wall to the top of the tank. High water pressure can cause these tubes to break down or loosen and create leaks.

The bottom of your water heater is also prone to leakage. More specifically, the drain valve on your tank could wear out and start leaking. Check for water leaks coming from the valve or signs of pooling water around the bottom of the tank.

3. In the Laundry Room

Outside of your shower, your washing machine usually uses the most water of your appliances. Plan to look behind your washer regularly. This is the most likely place for a leak to happen.

If possible, move your washing machine away from the wall and look for pooling water underneath the appliance. You can also run your hands along the walls to feel for moisture. Before moving the washer back in place, take a closer look at the area where the wall meets the floor and inspect for damage. For example, if your floor seems to be peeling back from the wall or there is a “bubbling” effect in the floor materials, you may have water damage.

4. In the Kitchen

Another room in your home that often uses a lot of water is the kitchen. Depending on the appliances you have, you may have water connected to the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and fridge.

What to Do if You Find a Water Leak

After finding a water leak in your house, you should first turn off the water supply. Smaller leaks, such as a shower door leak, probably won’t require that the main water valve be shut off, but larger leaks usually do. After stopping the water flow, contact your plumber to ask for their advice.

You may also need to make a homeowners insurance claim. Wawanesa makes it easy to file a claim whenever problems happen with our 24/7 claim service.

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