Water Leaks – A Little Water Can Go a Long Way
A small water leak that may seem insignificant can cause a great deal of damage if left unchecked. There are many places in your home where water leaks can occur and not be noticed. If you ever see a drip you should not delay in having it repaired. Sometimes water leaks are not obvious and go unnoticed until serious damage has been done. As in this photo, clutter under sinks can hide a water leak and any damage being done to the bottom of the cabinet. This slip joint type plumbing is commonly used for kitchen sink drains and is prone to leakage. It is very common to find leaks under kitchen sinks. Water will seek the lowest point of a surface and puddle in that low point. If there is an opening, the water will keep traveling until it is trapped. This is where the most damage will occur. So, there could be rotted wood caused by water leaking from a different location.
Homeowners should check for leaks about once a year as part of a routine maintenance plan.
- Check the valves and supply lines under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you have slip joint pvc drain pipes, check all of the threaded nut for tightness. These should only be hand tight plus about 1/8 turn. Don’t over tighten.
- Check the valves, supply lines and drain hose behind your washing machine. I have seen many rotten floors caused by water leaks behind washing machines.
- Check the valves, supply lines and connections at your water heater.
- If you have an HVAC split system, check the indoor unit for proper condensation drainage. These are typically in the attic or in a closet and produce a lot of water in hot weather.
- Check toilet valves and supply lines. If your toilet is loose where it meets the floor, it could be leaking and needs attention. Also, check that the water stops after the toilet is flushed and the tank is full. A toilet that constantly runs can waste a lot of water over time and cost a lot.
Never ignore any water leaks you find or notice. Call a qualified plumber asap and have the leaks fixed.