Before selling your home, you want to make sure that it’s all fixed up to sell. Water is one of the most common causes of damage to homes. It is a misconception that most water damage occurs as a result of flooding from major storms. In fact, water damage can happen at any time for a variety of reasons. It is essential for homeowners to understand not only the risk of water damage but also how to avoid it and protect their homes and valuables. Here are four of the most common causes of water damage in your home:

Air Conditioner

You should have your air conditioner maintained and serviced annually. That way, you can be sure that it keeps your home cool during the summer months and also avoids leaking due to broken parts. Over time, air conditioners can accumulate moisture within the unit. This moisture can lead to malfunctioning and the leaking of fluid into your home, which, if not caught early, can saturate the insides of walls and flooring, resulting in structural damage and mold.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a concern in the winter months when temperatures plummet and the water running through the pipes can freeze. If that happens, the frozen water expands the pipe and causes the pipe to crack or burst. This damage to the structure of the pipe can cause flooding inside the walls and under the flooring of your home, causing significant damage. To avoid frozen pipes, raise the heat in your home when the temperature outside gets to freezing temperatures or below, use fans to circulate warm air, and make sure to open up cabinets under sinks so that warm air can reach the water pipes more efficiently.

A Leaky Roof

Some roofing materials are better than others at resisting weather-related wear and tear. Over time, however, all roofs require maintenance to ensure that the materials keep preventing water from seeping into the home. One of the most common signs of a roof that has been compromised by water is the appearance of water stains on the ceiling and running down the walls inside the home. Over time, small leaks can cause the drywall and other structural components to rot and mold can begin to form, making the dwelling structurally unsound and potentially dangerous to your health.

While water damage is common in homes, there are many ways to avoid the inconvenience it causes to your family and your wallet. Understanding all the ways that water damage can occur, engaging in proper maintenance of appliances and the roof, and being proactive with repairs can help you to stave off frequent bouts of water damage to your home.