Where’s the pool of water in your kitchen coming from?
Are you constantly dropping paper towels on the floor and with your foot dragging it across a pool of water that just appeared out of nowhere? There’s not even a streak of water to determine which direction it came from. Is it coming from underneath the floor? Have you investigated or allowed it to be apart of your daily routine? Well, continual water on your floors may be a bigger problem than you think. There’s a water leak in your home.
Water Damage in your Kitchen
Not only can a pool of water be hazardous to your safety but it can damage the walls and flooring of your kitchen. Water that has not been dried properly or that continues to show up may promote mold or mildew growth and weaken building material such as drywall or flooring’s adhesive. SERVPRO of Black Hawk County suggests that you DO NOT IGNORE, FIND THE SOURCE! This will protect your home and pocket especially if you are considering filing an insurance claim on the water damage. Some insurance companies may not cover the claim if there’s proof that the issue was neglected over an extended period of time.
POSSIBLE SOURCES OF WATER LEAKS
Here are a few areas to investigate for signs of water leaks…
- Under the sink- Quick tip: Place a plastic tub under the main sink’s plumbing lines. It’s the little leak that wreaks havoc!
- Behind the refrigerator by the water line
- Underneath the refrigerator near a bottom freezer.
- Around the dishwasher.
- In the basement, underneath the kitchen.
Signs of water leaks can look like water stains, mold growth, or rotted wood. As Fix A Leak Week approaches (March 15th- 21st), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has great resources on how to DETECT AND CHASE DOWN LEAKS. <- Click the link for a helpful checklist!
A great tip from EPA.gov is to read your water meter during a period when no water is being used. If the meter reading changes there is definitely a leak somewhere in your home. If you still can not find the source, you may need to seek assistance from a professional such as a plumber.
Have water damage in your kitchen? Call SERVPRO!
SERVPRO of Black Hawk County is available for Inspection and Water Damage Assessment to determine areas of concern with moisture readers and thermal infrared cameras. While we do not repair pipes, we can help clean up after water leaks, floods, sewer backup, and pipe breaks. Call us at 319-268-1521.