Most homeowners put house fires and termites at the top of the list of dangers to their homes. Water might not seem as threatening, but it can cause serious damage. One way to mitigate the effects of water damage is to catch it before it goes too far. Pay attention to these 5 common areas for water damage in the home.

Common Areas for Water Damage in the Bathroom

Hidden water damage can occur in the bathroom and cause extensive damage before you realize there’s a problem. This happens when there is a leaking pipe behind the wall or under the floor. If the leak is happening in an upstairs bathroom, you may notice water stains on the ceiling below.

Water damage can also be caused by inadequate caulk around sinks, tubs, and showers. The strip of caulk is meant to keep water from seeping through to the drywall. If it is peeling or cracked, it cannot keep water out. Remove damaged caulk and reapply a fresh layer to prevent water damage in the bathroom.

In the Attic

The attic is not often checked for problems because most attics are hard to access and used only for storage. Leaks in the roof lead to water damage in the attic, which spreads to the ceiling underneath if not caught in time. Rainwater in the attic causes rotting materials, mold, and damage to your home and belongings.

The best way to prevent water damage in the attic is to regularly inspect the roof. Patches of missing shingles, broken flashing, and clogged gutters can all cause roof leaks. Go into the attic during the daytime and look for sunlight shining through. The light coming through the roof boards means that water can also get inside.

In the Basement

Cracks in the foundation and improper grading can cause water damage under the house. Pooling water in the basement or crawlspace can create a variety of problems like foundation damage and mold. Once mold takes hold in the lowest level of a home, the spores can quickly spread to the rest of the house and impact your indoor air quality.

Common Areas for Water Damage in the Kitchen

The culprits for water damage in the kitchen are usually appliances like the dishwasher and the refrigerator. Sometimes the appliance itself has a leak and in other instances, the water line that runs to the appliance is leaking. Pay attention to pools of water around appliances and occasionally pull them away from the wall to check for moisture. Check the cabinets underneath sinks for moisture and stains.


The exterior of the home can be damaged by water when the gutters are clogged or in disrepair. Functional gutters direct rainwater off the roof and away from the house, away from the siding and foundation. When they can’t do their job, rainwater seeps down the siding and can pool at the foundation, causing damage over time. Keep your gutters clean to prevent water damage.

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