Homeowners: Beware of Plumbing Leaks

According to Build Green: Wood Can Last for Centuries, an obvious source of wood decay is wood that is wetted continuously by plumbing leaks. The leak itself is not always as obvious. Spillage behind a washing machine, leaks in caulk at the top of a bath tub, or plumbing leaks in a shower stall often go unnoticed for a long time. If so, they can lead to a serious decay problem in the floor and lower parts of interior walls. Annual inspections and minor home maintenance can prevent this type of problem.


Leaks in plumbing can be difficult to spot since pipes are typically hidden behind the fixture or the wall. Watch for damage at corners of the floor trim and water stains on the ceiling beneath the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. Concealed leaks can cause serious damage over time if they are not located and fixed. (Photo provided by Steve Easley, Steve Easley & Associates, Inc.)