MANAGING LEAKS IN YOUR HOME

Although water is a necessity of life and is welcome in many parts of our life, there is one part that can cause some issues.  Introducing water into an environment that is meant to be dry can lead to certain issues, depending on the circumstances.  Your home has been designed so that a calculated amount of moisture, air, ventilation and other variable are a part of your environment, but if one of these items gets a little out of measure, it can affect the other items, and have an influence on the quality of life in your home.

There are many types of leaks you must consider, and make sure you take steps to prevent throughout the year.  Roofing leaks can occur when a piece of flashing has been compromised, or maybe a shingle has been damaged at a critical location on the roof.  Sometimes stopped up gutters can allow a leak from the roof by allowing water to wick into the roof decking at the eaves and overhangs of the house.  Any of these leaks can lead to bigger problems if they are not managed properly.

The building materials within your home are generally designed to perform in a dry environment, with a certain level of average humidity.  If this humidity or wetness becomes so large that the rate of evaporation does not exceed the rate of saturation, it could cause materials to rot, which could promote the growth of mold and mildew, it could even invite certain pests like termites to come into the home.

Many times these leaks may go unnoticed for a while based on where they are located.  This is why it’s a good idea to have a regular roof inspection every few years to try and prevent a problem before it happens.  Left untreated, a roof leak could lead to thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, or even cause the air quality in your home to be less than ideal.

Other types of leaks may include water lines, condensation lines, or even plumbing fixture drains.  A few common leaks include shower heads, dishwasher lines and washing machine lines.  Any time you see evidence of a water leak, it is worth investigating to ensure larger problems do not come up at a later date.  In some cases you may not see a leak, however a peculiar smell can be an indication of a leak in certain areas of your home.  Sometimes a small leak may be resolved by tightening the shower head, the washing machine hose, or adding gasket material under a sink faucet plate.  Much of this does not require a professional, but may require an instructional video online.  As always, be sure to take proper steps to avoid any dangers and quickly remedy potential additional damage.

If a water heater furnace is leaking it is highly recommend to hire a licensed professional to inspect and resolve the problem. If a water line under the sink has a drip, pull out the plumbers tape and a wrench and have a go at correcting the problem yourself.  Just make sure the water is off before getting too deep into the project.

It is a great idea to prepare a home maintenance plan, and follow it as closely as possible. Just like with automobiles our homes have moving pieces and these pieces can wear out over time.  By staying ahead of these potential “break downs” we may avoid costly and inconvenient repairs, which tend to occur when least expected.

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