There are many reasons why residential water damage can occur in or around the home. There are things out of our control—like flooding, heavy rain, or snow—but most issues are all problems that could have been prevented.

Every day problems start to occur from maintenance we’ve forgotten to attend to as Santa Rosa homeowners, or things that have been left unchecked for too long. Here are a few of the more major problem-makers that make water damage a far too common a problem for homeowners:

Clogged or Continuously Running Toilets
You know that annoying running water sound coming from your toilet tank—the one that keeps you up at night? That sound could mean you’re running up your water bill, or it could mean there’s a major problem on the horizon. Inspect your toilet every so often and check or cracking rubber or damaged parts. Replace them as necessary to avoid more serious concerns.

Dishwasher Puddles
Washing dishes has gotten a lot easier over the years, but it’s also given room for water damage to occur in the kitchen. Oftentimes, rubber or plastic tubing that is coming into, or leaving, the dishwasher aren’t properly sealed or start to leak over time. If you notice any water coming from underneath the unit, remove it immediately to see if things underneath or behind it are starting to leak. If anything if gives you a chance to clean behind there once in a while.

Leaky Pipes
Bathrooms, kitchens, supply rooms, or garages, leaky pipes have a habit of making a mess of things. It’s important to keep tabs on all the rooms with running water in your house. The best way to make sure everything is running smoothly, is to properly clean your kitchen disposal, unclog any drains regularly, and to winterize any piping that leads into the house or is located in a basement.

The only thing worse than water damage, is water damage that occurs in the winter. Also make sure to check your washing machine and water heater regularly, since they are used pretty heavily in most households.

Damaged Roof
When it comes to keeping the outside out, and the inside in, it starts from the top down. Check your roof yearly, and especially after any hailstorms, to make sure you don’t have missing shingles or holes in the roof. A roof can last a while depending on your location, but if it’s more than 10 years old it’s good to have a professional check it out.