How To Spot Water Leakage In Your Home
It is unfortunate to return home only to find your house flooded. You immediately rush to find the source and save the affected electronics and furniture. Even if the water didn’t overflow, you may have noticed a stain on the ceiling or the bathroom wall. Water leakage is a symptom, and if you do not find and handle the cause professionally, you may end up with a recurring situation. In this article, you will find a short guide for homeowners about the areas to inspect in and around their property for water damage.
What is water damage?
As a result of Singapore’s fluctuating weather patterns – from intense heat to heavy rain – homeowners in Singapore face waterproofing issues.
There are a number of ways in which water leaks can damage your home, from a small patch on the ceiling to a completely ruined property. Fortunately, the latter is a rare occurrence, but smaller damages can occur easily, and if left unattended, you can expect things to get worse.
It is indeed dangerous to let water damage affect your walls, furniture, and your home’s electrical system. Further, if you live in a condominium in Singapore, you need to take care of the situation to prevent damage to your neighbours’ homes as well.
Common areas prone to water leaks and damage
Due to the nature of their function, the home is prone to water damage in several areas. There are several areas in the home that should be regularly inspected for signs of water damage, leaks and dripping.
- Joints in-between installations such as windows, bathtubs, sink, toilet bowls and doors.
- The building’s external facade
- Air-conditioning pipes
- Kitchen areas
- Outdoor balconies
Over time, these areas will be prone to water damage and would require waterproofing inspection and maintenance. It is crucial to identify and repair these areas early as they can cause severe structural damage if left untreated. This damage may cause issues with the building’s integrity that can lead to a hefty repair bill or pose health risks to the occupants in the building.
Signs of water damage within your home
It is important to check for water damage within the home to ensure the safety and comfort of its occupants.
The most obvious sign of moisture buildup is a sodden or wet surface on a wall, ceiling, or even the floor. Due to the possibility of a hidden pipe leak, it is very difficult to detect and can easily be mistaken for a lack of insulation. It pays, therefore, to be on the lookout for leaks to prevent further damage. Another obvious sign is a dripping tap, especially after a repair has been made. Symptomatic of a faucet system failure, it is likely that a hidden pipe is responsible for the leak. A disassembly is nearly impossible. It is, however, crucial to determine the location of the broken pipe accurately. Have you received your water bill and are you looking at the amount with rounded eyes? It may not be the utility, but the plumbing system that has sprung a leak. The surest sign of an unseen burst pipe is the low water pressure in all the water closets in your home at the same time.
Presence of mould
Visible signs of mould growth are a clear indication that there is a leak in the home. Mould is found where there is moisture and oxygen. This is not only problematic from a water consumption standpoint but can also pose a health risk. Unfortunately, this sign can easily be mistaken for other malfunctions, but water damage should also be considered.
Damp air is not always a sign of a fault, but it can be a sign of a leak in the home. Especially if the dampness persists over a long period and despite preventative measures. In this case, the drained water has already accumulated somewhere and is constantly being replenished. A thorough check can not hurt. If you notice the air is damp, you can rely not only on your eyes but also on your nose. Sewer stench is a very distinctive smell, and even in this case, a persistent, unrelenting stench can be suspicious. Especially if you notice mud in the yard, sunken pavement, or constant waterlogging. If you can’t find the source but the apparent odour returns after briefly airing the room, try looking behind the furniture to spot for water dripping or leaks.
Constant dripping sounds
Although we are familiar with what dripping water sounds like, it might not always be brought to our immediate attention due to noise interference or a lack of awareness. Often, you would be able to hear the sound of water dripping during the night if there is a leak as it is quieter.
Loose or cracked floor tiles
The presence of loose or cracked floor tiles is another common sign of water leakage in the home. This symptom is commonly presented in the kitchen or bathroom area of the home due to the nature of its use
Signs of water damage around your home
Homeowners living in landed properties should perform checks around the home for water damage as well.
Damaged roof gutters, shingles and flashing
The roof is a common problem area for homeowners when it comes to waterproofing. Due to its constant exposure to the weather, deterioration and wear-and-tear occurs at a much faster rate. Inspect your roof gutters for clogs and check if the gutter’s joints have been damaged. For roof shingles, a visual inspection of the overall health can provide an indication of its state and susceptibility to water damage
Loose windows or door frames
Loose exterior windows and door frames are another common cause of water damage to landed properties and buildings. Typically, door and window sealants may become loose over time and allow for water penetration to occur. Checking the sealant lining along these areas to ensure they are well-fitted ensures the home is secure from water seeping in.
External Window Sealant
External wall and facade
The external facade of a building will also present signs and indications of potential water seepage issues. Inspect for cracks along the wall to see if they allow water ingress into the home. The presence of rust from metal piping or external metal materials along the wall are also indication of potential water damage.