Sneaky Ways In Which Water Damages Your Home

Water damage doesn't come from just ceiling leaks or backed up sinks. Your home has several ways of letting water damage the property. If you know what these are, you can keep an eye on them and prevent damage like mold from becoming too bad or even prevent the damage from occurring at all.

HVAC Condensation Line Leaks

When your air conditioner works properly, it helps moisture condense out of hot air. This condensation has to go somewhere lest you end up with a pool of moisture forming in your air conditioner. The moisture usually heads out in a condensation line, and this line, like others, can leak. The leak is sneaky, though, in that it's generally inside walls. Have this line checked every few months. That way, any leaks that form won't have been going on for too long before you find them.

Poor Air Circulation Behind Window Coverings

Keeping your blinds or curtains closed tight can help conserve energy by reducing heat transfer in or out of the house, but it can also lead to poor air circulation that allows mildew to grow. Be sure you open the blinds and curtains often, even if only for a few minutes at a time, and aim a fan at the windows to help get that air moving. If you do find condensation anyway, blot the window glass and the frame and walls around the window to remove moisture.

Weephole Runoff

Condensation and rain that gets in from leaking windows should run back outside through small weepholes in the window frame. But these streams of water can cause hidden water damage, especially if the water encounters a crack in your home's siding or stucco. Have the areas of the exterior walls right under the windows inspected occasionally, just to be sure there's no damage forming. Inspect windows, too, to ensure any leaks into the house (and thus into the track and out through the weephole) are stopped, and put into place the aforementioned suggestions to keep condensation from forming on your window.

No Bathroom Fan

Somehow your ancestors, and many people even today, managed to have sparkling clean bathrooms without bathroom fans and only an open window for ventilation. And somehow their special magic has skipped over your house and left you battling colonies of mold on the ceiling and walls. When you use your shower, especially hot water that steams up the bathroom, you need to have very good ventilation or air circulation to prevent the moisture from condensing on your walls and ceiling, providing pockets of nourishment for mildew and mold.

It's tempting to just keep bleaching off, but the mold can still cause allergic reactions and breathing problems when it reappears. You're better off either having a ventilation fan installed, or at the very least, propping a box or stand fan right outside the bathroom door and running it right after you finish taking a shower. You'll also need to call a water damage restoration company to inspect the walls and ceiling and ensure the mold is removed.