Here are a few ways to help prevent water damage in your kitchen and bathroom.
Turn off all appliances that use water, go outside and take note of what your water meter says, and leave the appliances off (do not use any water at all) for at least one hour. If it has, you probably have a leak. Putting too much toilet paper into toilets or other objects into the toilet can cause it to back up. If you have tiled areas in your bathroom, cracks in grout or areas where it is missing can also cause damage.
Make sure the line to the ice maker is connected firmly and does not leak. If you are looking to prevent water damage to your home, it might take a little effort, but it will be worth it in the long run. In the bathroom, soft spots in the floors near the edge of the tub or shower along with discoloration is a sure sign of water damage.
Checking for hidden water leaks in your home is pretty easy and it is very possible that you have one in your house. The overflow of toilets is an obvious cause of water damage, even if it does not happen that often. Check underneath your dishwasher to see if the line that goes to it from the water pipes are not leaking. Sometimes the line to the ice maker bursts or ice builds up near the bottom of the door and keeps it from shutting all the way, resulting in items in your freezer thawing.
Re-caulking where the walls meet the floor or where the walls meet the tub can help solve the problem. Your refrigerator is often a culprit of water damage, as well, especially refrigerators with built in ice makers. Sinks often need to be re-caulked around to prevent water damage under the sink and on top of the counter. If there is standing water near the base of the dishwasher, you have a leak. After the hour is up, check the water meter again to see if the reading has changed.