Some say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we cook, eat, drink, bond and laugh. It’s also the very last place that you want water damage to happen. A small drip here and there may seem completely harmless and look like a home improvement project for the back burner. However, these small problems can turn disastrous if ignored. Water and the problems that seep in with it can be avoided if you know how to prevent it in the first place.
The kitchen is the first major place you should look when trying to prevent water damage in your home. Make sure to check that all major appliances are working correctly, starting with the refrigerator. If it has an icemaker, be sure that the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. Wet spots on the floor could be a sign of a kinked icemaker line ready to burst.
If you have a dishwasher, regularly check for leaks where the hose connects to the water supply, under the sink. Dishwasher leaks can go unnoticed, so look for discolored or warped flooring materials, as well as water damage to kitchen cabinets nearby.
Finally, check the sink. Deteriorated caulk around sinks should be replaced, since water can leak through the damaged sealants. Slow-draining pipes may indicate a partially blocked drain that needs cleaning. Also, check the pipes under the sink for leaks and the floor of the cabinetry for water damage.
By doing a regular inspection for water damage you can save yourself time, money, and the world of trouble that comes with severe water damage in the home.