It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: That annoying little spot on the ceiling. That moldy smell that’s been aggravating your allergies. The signs of rotting wood. It can be too easy to put it off until another day. Nevertheless, each passing day will result in further water damage to your home. Below are some of the most common areas of your home that are vulnerable to flooding and how to prevent it.

Roofs

Old shingles can subject your roof to water leakage and damage, especially around chimneys and exhaust fans. Flat roof drains can also clog and retain water on the roof resulting in leaks and in worst cases, your roof caving in.

All American Gutter Protection explains that clogged up gutters will force rainwater under shingles and eventually travel down inside your walls. To prevent this, make sure you have the proper amount of gutters and drains installed to divert water to other areas and clean them regularly.

A clear indicator of roof leakage is a stain or a wet place on your ceiling. However, by now, the damage has already escalated since seepage has been progressing via existing holes in your roof.

You can use a temporary fix such as a roof coating to seal off small holes undetectable to the naked eye. This is a good preventive measure. However, it won’t be very effective since your roof will likely need to be repaired and dried before applying any coating.

Driveways

Bennett Paving warns that water damage occurs when water seeps underneath the concrete. Concrete is permeable and if water gets inside and freezes, small pieces can flake off from the surface area. If deicing salts are used, this will worsen the condition and ultimately result in total surface damage to the driveway.

Additionally, during the initial construction of a driveway, some contractors add more water to make the cement more moldable. However, this process makes the concrete more absorptive and also jeopardizes its strength after it is set.

Repairing any minor damage such as light scaling to prevent the problem from worsening is recommended. Before making any repairs, clean the damaged surface area with a pressure washer, spraying away concrete fragments, dust, plants, and spots.

If damage such as cracks or scaling is medium to severe, at this point, you want to call in professional help.

Basements

Considering that basements are in the lowest part of a home and have a lot of entry points for water, they are likely to flood first during heavy rains, especially if you live near a body of water, including a lake, river, or the ocean.

Furthermore, much like bathrooms which are also prone to flooding, Larry & Sons cautions that basements have a variety of plumbing and pipe components which are notorious leakage sources.

Water can also leak into a basement via fractures in the floor due to groundwater or the water table. As the water table rises, this puts more pressure on the basement floor, causing it to crack.

To solve the issue of groundwater seepage, you need to install a drain tile system to route the groundwater to a better area.

To guard against outside water getting in your basement, it is highly recommended you install an outdoor waterproofing barrier. You should hire a professional for this job.

Water damage is no joke. According to the American Insurance Association (AIA), it is one of the top causes of homeowner losses, amounting in billions of dollars. The moment you notice any signs of water leakage in your home, take immediate preventive measures to stop it in its tracks.