Shown picture of water damaged cabinet caused by the sink leaking.
Under Sink Water Damage 101
What you need to know when it comes to slow drips and your home
One of the most common places where leaks start is right underneath the kitchen sink. Scarily enough, this also is the area that water can do some of the worst damage! Water damage that occurs near the kitchen poses a particularly dangerous problem to you & your family, who intend on cooking or eating food prepared in the kitchen. Should the water damage lead to mold, toxic spores can contaminate food. Of course, water damage can also lead to higher rates of insect and pest infestations as well. Soooo, since I know I do not cook in my bathroom, and I am sure you do not as well. If you have noticed or might think, you possibly may have a problem, water damage; even from something as simple as a leaky pipe under your sink, can be a very dangerous issue in your kitchen. The good news is that you can catch much of the damage before it becomes a major problem by routinely checking under your sink.
Usually, you never notice a leak until it is too late. Inspect under your kitchen sink when you feel that there may be a leak in your home.
Several major indicators of water damage suggest a kitchen leak. If you notice that your kitchen sink has not been offering the same volume of water that it normally does for several days in a row, you might want to call a plumber, as well as water damage experts. Should you notice that water is leaking from your sink’s water faucet knobs; this should raise cause for concern. Leaks from water faucet handles are a clear sign that there is likely water damage underneath your sink, as well as a possibility of mold damage in your walls. Of course, if you smell a musty, mildew odor in your kitchen, it’s imperative that you call water damage experts to check it out as soon as possible.
Sometimes, the signs are a little more subtle. When performing an under sink water damage inspection, look at the wood on the bottom of the sink cabinet. Strange new stains, unusually warped wood bases, and signs of stagnant water pooling at the bottom of the sink cupboard are all signs that you may need to call a water damage expert, get your plumbing fixed, and possibly look for damage elsewhere in the home as well. If you have wallpaper around the sink area, it’s a smart idea to examine it for signs of peeling or cracking – classic indicators of water damage.
It may seem silly to clean out the bottom of your sink cabinet and run a cursory inspection periodically, but the fact is that it can save you a lot of money. Finding water damage and seeing the effects. is the first step to getting the repairs that you need to have, and the sooner you spot the leak, the better off you will be.