Your kitchen could easily be one of the busiest rooms in the house, and yet, all too often homeowners have major water leaks in this area of the house without even knowing it. Unfortunately, in a room that is filled with different appliances and concealing several waterways and pipes, leaks are not always so easy to spot when they first happen. Leaks left undetected in your kitchen can lead to major problems with water damage, mildew, and mold that can be hugely problematic. Besides looking under the sink for leaking pipes or perhaps around the dishwasher, there are other places you should be checking for evidence of a water leak as well.
Examine the walls inside of your cabinets.
Many cabinets are open in the back, which basically means the wooden frames are attached to the walls and the wall can be accessed by reaching into the back of the cabinet. If you have leaks in the walls or even coming from around a window sill, this is a good place to check for signs of moisture or even water damage. Simply grab a flashlight and examine the walls inside of your cabinets. If you spot moisture or mold growth, there is a good possibility that you have problems with leaking water.
Check for water underneath your refrigerator.
Most modern refrigerators are attached to a small water line that feeds the water and ice dispenser. While convenient, this also means you have a small extra water line running through your kitchen that can lead to unsuspected water leaks. Because the fridge is one of those bulky appliances that probably does not get cleaned beneath or behind often, a leak from this small water line can go undetected for a long time. If you have a water line leading to your fridge, make sure you check under the appliance regularly for signs of leaked water.
Look for water around the baseboards on the floor.
If there happens to be a leak in the roof over your kitchen, this moisture tends to drip its way down through the walls and accumulate along the baseboards on the floor. Because these types of leaks are easily missed, the water that collects at the base of the floor often causes mold and floor rot in localized areas. It is always a good idea to examine this area in your kitchen on a regular basis, specifically if you live in an older home.
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