All homeowners want to prevent water damage, but sometimes it can happen slowly over time. It helps to be aware of all the most common places water damage can occur. Here are 5 places in the home that are likely to develop water damage in certain conditions.

Water Damage Can Occur in the Attic

A common cause of water damage is a failing roof, which can’t protect the inside of the house from rainwater. This results in water damage in the attic which can also affect the ceiling and walls. Because the attic isn’t frequently visited, water damage can start and develop without anyone knowing. Prevent water damage in the attic by paying attention to the condition of the roof and having regular roof inspections. Issues like missing shingles, broken flashing, and clogged or damaged gutters could be causing water damage in the attic. Look in the attic during the daytime to look for light coming through the roof boards. If it is, that means that water can get through too.


Basements often experience water damage when they are not properly waterproofed. Foundation cracks allow water to seep in. The problem is amplified when rainwater pools by the foundation. This happens when gutters are clogged and overflowing or if the land grading isn’t sloping away from the house. Basements that are prone to flooding should have a sump pump installed.

Places Water Damage Can Occur in the Bathroom

Water damage occurs in the bathroom in a few different instances. The one that is most difficult to pinpoint is when plumbing lines are leaking behind walls. A slow leak builds moisture behind drywall and rots framing materials and floors, sometimes without any visible signs until the damage is advanced. Other common problems that cause water damage and inadequate caulking around tubs and sinks, lack of ventilation, and neglected water spillage.


Besides the bathroom, the kitchen is the room that uses the most water. Leaking plumbing lines in a kitchen pose a similar problem as they do in a bathroom. The line to the dishwasher or refrigerator ice maker has the potential to leak. Often, water leaks can be found inside the under-sink cabinet. Fortunately, this is easier to find than in some other areas because you can simply reach inside to feel for moisture and look for water stains.

Ceilings and Walls

Plumbing pipes run throughout the house and can spring a leak anywhere. Keep an eye out for stains and peeling or bubbling paint on the ceilings and walls. These are signs of a hidden water leak. If you notice these issues, bring in an inspector who can use thermal imaging to detect moisture.

Long GCS Corp. Home Inspections provides home inspections with thermal imaging to the Hudson Valley. Contact us to schedule an appointment.