Nobody wants to have to renovate their bathroom or kitchen because of water damage, but it happens quite often. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to let this happen to you in most circumstances if the property isn’t water damaged before you move into it. As long as you maintain your bathroom and kitchen correctly, you shouldn’t end up having these issues at all. They don’t require a lot of daily maintenance to keep in good shape and it’s not hard to keep up with. Most of the time, it ends up being a matter of keeping the room tidied up or casually inspecting for damages.
The floor of the room should be the primary concern, whether you’re talking about the kitchen or the bathroom. This is the structure that supports the rest of the room, so if you don’t take care of it, you’re really not doing any good. If you can’t bounce up and down on your toes without shaking the room, there’s already a problem there. Check the tile for cracks around the base of the tub, toilet, and sink, because these are the most likely places that they would be. Cracks in vinyl flooring would also appear in this area. Any grout or caulking should also be solid and not cracked or missing anywhere.
The ceiling is also a delicate area to pay attention to, especially if there isn’t a ventilation fan installed in it. Most kitchens come with a range hood that can be turned on with a switch to ventilate the room, but many bathrooms in older homes simply don’t have that vent there. This is common in old homes that have the bathroom in the center of the house. These bathrooms are extremely prone to water damage and even moreso if they don’t have an exterior window that can vent air to the outside.
The interior of the cabinets in the kitchen and the bathroom should also be covered in a laminate material to help prevent water from seeping into the wood underneath. If you don’t do this, the wood under the sink will eventually rot out and will have to be replaced. If you don’t replace it quickly enough, the water will continue to seep down to the floor and it will cause even more expensive problems there.
It’s also incredibly important to not let water stand on the floor for any period of time in either room. This is a big reason many kitchens make use of rugs; they can be removed if something is spilled on them and they stop water from staying on the floor for a long period of time.