How to Spot Water Damage
Houses are a large investment, and in order to protect that investment, you should be on the look out for potential problems and fix them before they worsen and cause a potential disaster. One of the potential problems to watch out for is water damage. But how does one go about finding water damage and potential problems related to water? It’s easier than you think!
The first step is to check your floors. No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will develop signs of water damage. For tile and wood, you want to look for cracking, buckling, and warping, and for carpet look for damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, and the smell of mold and dampness.
Next, check for stains. Water stains on flooring around bathtubs, sinks, and toilets or water stains on ceilings or walls are an obvious sign of water damage; and unusual stains could indicate a leaky pipe or drain in the wall. Speaking of walls, cracked drywall or areas of drywall that look swollen and feel soft to the touch could also signify trouble. Peeling paint can also signify water damage, as paint loses adhesion when drywall gets wet.
Thirdly, you should check the outside of your home. Check for standing pools of water that could indicate poor drainage in your yard, gutters that aren’t carrying water far enough away from the house or leaking and clogged gutters. These could be a serious concern for your house’s foundation. Additionally, you should check for signs of water damage to your roof. Common signs of roof water damage are pools of water, cracked, curled, or missing shingles, or broken flashing.
Finally, watch out for rust and mold. Inspect your water heater for rust on the tank or water on the floor, as rust spots could indicate a slow leak. Corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage as well. Visual signs of active mold growth means there’s moisture in contact with microscopic mold spores; often in the tiny nooks and crannies of your home. But don’t rely solely on sight when looking for mold! When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, and produces a musty, unpleasant smell.
If you should find yourself in need of water or storm damage restoration or mold remediation, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties today! And let us make it “Like it never even happened.”