There are several areas of water damage in our house. Some of them are water (as above) and are easily preventable. This would have ALL been prevented with a bit of caulk on the outside of the sidelight window and if you wanted to get crazy, a little piece of wood plus caulk. The gutters were not properly draining, causing them to overflow and splash back into the covered entryway (and into the unsealed window).
This didn’t need to happen, and with a bit of proper home maintenance could have all been avoided. Keep your gutters clean and check your window seals.
Some of them are urine, and this is slightly less preventable I think. One, because if it happens while you’re gone, you can’t know about it to fix it until you are home and at that point it would have already soaked in. However, what we found was a persistent pattern of pee. It has soaked well into the sub-floor and was still damp – weeks after the previous owner had moved out. The sub-floor was so damp it took over two weeks for it to dry. We’ve since sealed the areas with polyurethane to hopefully deter any of our pets from marking the same areas.
Other areas of damage existed around windows and in the hallway where we had suspected a flood in the past. They were the best kind to find – evidence of damage, but not currently wet or needing to be fixed. There was water damage by the window in the dining room – but it also had a new window so we’re hoping the problem has been resolved. Same with the wood near the kitchen/family room divide.
The process is the same for each discovery – uncover the damage, sigh in frustration, determine the severity of the issue which helps determine the solution (replacement, sealing, or restoring).
Did you find discover water damage during your renovations?