There is nothing more powerful than water to destroy a home.  It amazes me how a little stream of water can do damage to a whole line of items, cabinets, wood flooring, carpet, etc.

A slow drip of water under a cabinet can rot away the sub-flooring, seep below to wreck havoc with the ceiling below, before anyone even notices.

Homeowners need to be aware of what is happening underneath the sink.  Periodic checking and a little preventive maintenance can save a lot of grief!

Prevention is always the best, but if one has an issue with water it needs to be fixed immediately.  The after-effects like a ruined sub-floor under the cabinet will need to be repaired also.

Here's an informative video from US Inspect on the correct way to check your plumbing for leaks.


Water damage from leaking pipes makes up the majority of residential insurance property claims.  When was the last time you inspected your piping, cabinets, and ceilings for plumbing leaks? Do you know where to look?  Have you seen 'bubbling' on your drywall or floor of your sink cabinet?

Simply filling your sinks with water before you open the drain is a good way to test the drain waste piping under the sink.  When you begin to drain, make sure you're shining your flashlight at an angle to identify any 'gleaning' from water seepage.

This video shows a simple method to scan for plumbing leaks in your home. All you need are dry hands and a flashlight. Make this simple task part of your routine home maintenance.  You'll avoid bigger issues down the road.