"The continuing aftershocks can put further stress on a house‚§™s utilities and structure. Homeowners should try their best to check on several areas of their house. A thorough once over of a house‚§™s plumbing can help stop water damage in Santa Monica homes. Other areas that should be checked include basements and attics; leaks could flow down to the former to damage the home‚§™s foundations while leaks in the latter could damage the home‚§™s structure.Broken pipes are quite noticeable, leaving tell-tale stains in the dry wall and often large pools of water. Appliances can also suffer damage from earthquakes, so it would be advisable to check on them too. Additionally, while public utility companies have announced no noticeable problems, the danger of sewers backing up remains ever-present."