Checking From Roof to Basement to Avoid Leaks in Spring
Water leaks can not only be inconvenient, but also costly if left undetected. As part of your regular spring clening routine, consider checking your home from roof to basement for signs of possible leaks. Here are some common problem areas to really pay attention to.
A roof is a complex system of shingles, flashing, membranes and other components that is designed to keep water outside. Sometimes, either from regular wear, or damage, a roof does not do its job and allows water to run in underneath it. Any water running in from a damaged roof will first accumulate in the attic, often soaking into the insulation. Check for any wet insulation, or wet spots on the plywood for signs of leaking.
Gutters and Drains
A common cause of leaks is from gutters and drains which are not doing their jobs correctly. Debris building up in gutters, or drains that have become clogged or dislodged mean that these essential housing components are unable to carry water safely away from your home. This water can instead run into your roof and walls, causing leaks and damage. Pooling water may even erode the ground and cause your foundation to shift or crack.
Toilets, Sinks and Showers
Inside the living area of your home the most common areas of small leaks are from toilets, sinks and showers. Worn out drains, insufficient caulking, and worn gaskets are common adversaries. Take a look around your shower, under your sinks and around your toilet for signs of water or water damage.
Basement or Crawlspace
Drains and potable water lines often run through a crawl space or the roof of a basement. With a finished basement, any leak would show signs of water damage on drywall. Many older homes with crawl spaces may have leaks that go undetected for a long time, especially if the old poly-b potable water lines are present. This is especially true for many Vancouver basements at risk for a water leak. Take a look in your crawlspace or basement for signs of pooling water.
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