Your Sink and Countertop
These areas are most commonly exposed to water which is why they are often time the source of quite a few water related problems.
Begin your water damage protection routine by regularly inspecting under the sink. Be sure to clear out any trash or stored items in order to search for any leaks. Don't forget to check for leaks or drips in the trap under the sink too. Repair any leaks you find immediately.
Next, check for slow-draining pipes. Slow-draining pipes can be a sign of a somewhat blocked drain. Dripping faucets should be repaired as soon as possible and seals around the sink should be repaired if they are cracked or loose.
Finally, inspect your countertops for cracked tiles or grout. Water can seep into these areas causing mold and other damaging issues.
Typically dishwashers will eventually leak which is why they should be regularly inspected for water damage risks.
If you notice that your dishwasher is not emptying completely after each use, it is likely that the main filter is clogged and should be replaced. An overflowing sink can also be a sign of a dishwasher backing up due to a clogged drain line. Inspect and clean the line regularly.
It is also important to check under and around the bottom area of your dishwasher for any signs of leaks. If you do come across signs of leaks, it is possible that there is an unsealed connection or leaky water hose. Examine the connections and tighten or replace as needed.
Other signs of risks are tarnished, distorted, or soft flooring materials or nearby cabinets.
Occasionally, a dishwasher hose can become brittle which can lead to leakage. Repair the hose as soon possible. You should also consider installing steel-braided water hoses for a longer hose life.