Where to inspect your home for water damage


As every one of us knows buying a property is a big investment, there must be a certain thing that everyone should have look and concern about the factors regarding the home. One of the important factors that to keep in mind is water damage. Water damage can sound like a small thing but it can generate a big issue.

There are many places where water damage inspection can be done. A home inspection is important, you can call a home inspector before buying a new house to get your home inspected well or you can do it by yourself as well by looking for places like:

• Basement

The basement is one of the most predictable places where you can look for water damage. The moist and musty smell from the topsoil is a big indicator to let you know where you can inspect the damage. Improper cleaning, undying of walls, and dampness have a distinct smell. Basement damaged can be caused by bursting of pipe inside or outside the home.

Water damage in the basement can totally and slowly destroy the flooring, drywalls, storage items, and furniture.

• Kitchen

The sink in the kitchen is must be checked. Sometimes the kitchen sink is likely to have a leak and because of that there is water damage that gets created inside the cabinets and this water damage occurs because the leak is not only the issue but even it swelled the wood of the cabinet and the relatively wooden storage around, the wood starts rotting nearby the leakage.

• Bathroom

Bathroom sink leaks are usually caused by bad drains or drain flange. Bathroom leaks are one problem that not only trouble you but if you stay in an apartment then it can trouble the people who have apartment below you because the leak in your bathroom will eventually find it ways to the downward and will create a problem for both the apartments so, it’s much better to find its way and solve this problem as soon as possible.

• Ceiling

Ceiling water damage is most easy to understand as compared to other drainages because if there is something like that the water damage will be able to see it on the ceiling because of their watermarks and brown rusty stains on the ceiling and walls. It is especially found in the area which is not outside or exposed to much ventilation.

• Flooring

No matter what kind of flooring you have in your home whether it’s tiles, wooden flooring, etc. Tiles are very resistant to water and it will make its way and water will seep into the cracks and the wooden flooring will get swollen and sometimes your favourite wooden gate designs also gets affected when leakage reaches the wood.

You will get to know the flooring damage even by its color too. Wherever the water is been sucked by the wooden the color of the wooden flooring gets changes, the difference of color is quietly visible. Even sometimes the wooden get to detach from the flooring as well. With these symptoms, you will be able to inspect the water damage.

• Pipeline:

The most important and leading cause of water drainage destruction can be held because of pipelines. The breaking of pipes or bursting of pipes is the major cause for water damaged and it can damage anywhere like interior, exterior or underground of your house. Pipelines have an issue that can create a major problem but it can’t be detected easily.

With all the above information you can inspect water damage instantly and your house can be checked with proper inspection of yours with or without any inspector, supervisor, or examiner.


Callista Porter
Callista Porter, with a background in architecture (B.Arch, University of Texas), has made a name for herself in the renovation industry over the past 12 years. Her expertise is restoring and modernizing historic homes, balancing preservation with contemporary aesthetics. Callista joined our platform in 2021, sharing insights on architectural integrity and modern design trends in her writing. Her passion for history extends into her hobby of collecting vintage home decor, which often inspires her renovation projects.

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  1. […] Inspecting for water damage isn’t only limited to indoors. You’ll also need to check your gutters outside to ensure that they’re not storing any water. Clogged gutters can stop water from running down the pipes. If water gets stuck in your gutters, it will seep through the roof and walls, which can lead to water damage inside your house. Make sure to clean your gutters regularly to keep this from happening. […]

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