Water is essential to life, but as a destructive force, it can debase the value of your home. Natural crises like floods, accidents caused by faulty fixtures like water leaks and its after effects contribute to the problem, which may include maintenance and water damage repair costs, and declination of indoor quality air. The best way to avoid these accidents and potential loss of assets is to know basic preventive measures starting with the structure of your home. Examine each room of your interior architecture. Water-damage usually happens in rooms that are constantly moist and in contact with water like bathrooms and kitchen. When you examine your housing structure, it will be well worth to make it as a routine. Take an hour of your time to check every week for potential trouble spots in and around your home. Early detection could mean the difference between a simple fix and a major damage restoration. FLOOD/WATER DAMAGE Water leaks can happen anywhere in your house, but they occur commonly in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry rooms. In the kitchen, periodically check your dishwasher, refrigerator and sink. Make sure that the hose connecting to your dishwasher appliance and sink's water supply line is secure and not leaking. You will know that your water supply line is leaking if you see discolored, warped or soft flooring materials or other water damage to nearby cabinetry. In the bathroom, check the water supply line connecting to your shower, bathtub and sink. Discoloration or soft areas around floors and walls near showers or bathtubs may be your indication that there is water leakage. Also check caulking at joints where the walls meet the floor or the tub. And if you smell molds or see mold damage, then there is definitely a leak in your bathroom. Another cause of leak in the bathroom is placing inappropriate objects or too much toilet paper in the bowl. Doing this can clog the toilet and lodge deep in the plumbing system. Also, be cautious of hanging bowl deodorants and chlorine tablet cleaners as they may loosen down the drain and may corrode. Washing machine, water heaters and air conditioning also contributes to water damage in your home. So be sure to inspect hoses regularly for wetness around its ends and see signs of bulging, cracking or fraying. With most water heaters (with lifespan of 10-15 years), wet spots around on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. Hot water heaters should be installed on the lowest level of the home and always located next to a floor drain. If installed above or adjacent to finished spaces, the hot water heater should be placed inside a drain pan with the drain pan piped to the floor drain. And at the start of the cooling season, have the A/C system serviced by a qualified contractor. Make sure their service includes inspecting and cleaning the air conditioner condensation pan drain line to keep it free of obstructions. Change the air filters on a regular basis. Leaking roofs, poor drainage, and clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to significant water damage inside your home. To prevent water-damage: shut off your garden hoses before the start of winter and fill in any low spots around the house so water drains away from the foundation; keep roof, valleys, gutters and downspouts free from buildup of leaves, twigs and other litter preventing proper drainage; avoid walking on a roof to limit wear and tear; only necessary repairs or inspections should warrant walking on the roof; keep trees trimmed to prevent them from rubbing against the roof or from providing excessive shade; and clean debris from your gutters and inspect them regularly.