Water Damage Can Be Sneaky: 3 Potential Risks You Can't See

Water damage to your home isn't always as obvious as water stains or crumbling wood. In fact, water can damage your home unchecked until it causes major problems down the road. Stop these potentially sneaky leaks in their tracks.

Toilet Seal

Your toilet can be a major source of water damage that you can't see. The wax ring underneath your toilet keeps water from leaking out of the drain when the toilet is flushed. While the wax rings used for toilet drains are durable, they can and do break down over time. If you've never checked the wax ring or it's been a good while, water may be slowly seeping into your flooring causing major damage. Often, home owners don't detect this type of problem until the damage is done. Yearly maintenance of all toilets in your home from companies like Flagship Restoration can save thousands of dollars in the long run. 

Tiny Leaks

When a pipe bursts, you quickly notice the problem because water pressure is greatly reduced or you can see the leak. Unfortunately, many homeowners aren't aware that tiny leaks can develop in old pipes. These mini leaks cause massive damage inside walls and flooring, while creating a breeding ground for mold. Most often, this problem doesn't cause enough water pressure loss to be noticed. Smelling mold or mildew, or hearing leaks that you can't find can point to water damage in your walls. If your pipes are old or you aren't quite sure how old your pipes are, have a professional evaluation. If you're a DIY person or a weekend warrior, be sure to check all supply lines to your sinks, showers and appliances that use water. 

Shower Drains

Last but not least, are your shower and bathtub drains. Even a minuscule leak can rot the flooring or ceiling beneath the drain. This is a common problem in upstairs bathrooms or apartment buildings. Often the leak is so small that a large amount of damage is done before the problem is noticeable. Most likely, your shower and tub drains are sealed with silicone caulk to prevent leaking, which can wear away over time. It's best to check your shower drains yearly or any time you suspect a leak. A simple way to detect a problem is to stop the tub or shower from draining, while letting the water run. You only need to create a small pool over the stopped drain. After an hour, check the water level to see if it has gone down. This indicates a leak, however small. 

Don't let sneaky leaks drain your bank account, check your home for water damage on a regular basis and have any damages repaired while they're still small.