Water damage is a genuine issue and can lead some serious problems. Water damage doesn’t just cause damage to walls and floors and cause mold to grow, but it can also cause permanent structural damage to the building. Over at Clean Earth Restorations we want you to be ahead of the situation, so we’ve written out some tips to help you out.
Signs of Water Damaged Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
Water damaged areas tend to stain the walls, ceilings, and floors around them. You should make a habit to check these areas when in the rooms of your house. We get so used to using rooms in our house we forget to observe what we see so often. Water damaged areas can show signs through small (and in bad cases, huge) water stains. Any new and unusual stains should not be ignored, you want to act as soon as you can. These stains can hint a pipe has a leak, and if left unchecked can cause some very serious damage. Another sign to look for is warping in your floors. If your floors look warped there is a good chance it can be attributed to water damage. In cases of warped floors, we always recommend calling a professional water damage restoration service, as they can properly assess the situation and determine how much of the flooring is damaged.
Inspect Your Basement and Attic For Signs of Water Damage
Basements and attics are commonly used for storage and don’t get the same treatment as our other rooms. You should make a habit of periodically checking these rooms for any signs of water damage. In cases where the rooms are used for storage, make sure you don’t just check around your stored items, move the stored items to look for any signs of water damage they might be hiding. These rooms normally aren’t aired out often and spend a lot of the time in the dark, giving the perfect conditions for mold to grow. Make sure you inspect the insulation in your attic, it should be dry and in good condition. Inspect areas where two roof planes come together, houses in rainy and snowy places should do this more often, it is best to catch any water damage to your home when it is in its pilot stages.
Check the Exterior of Your House
Do not neglect to search the exterior of your house for signs of water damage. Make sure to check the walls for stains and cracks, and the roof for anywhere water can leak in. Inspect your roof shingles, look to see if any are missing or damaged. Look around for any standing water, as this may indicate there is a problem with your drainage.
If you find any signs that you think point towards water damage on your property, call a professional as soon as you can. You do not want water damaged areas to go untreated for too long, as the damage will grow in size and so will the cost to fix it. If you feel that you can’t properly identify any of the signs we mentioned, get a professional to the inspection. Professional water damage restoration companies train their employees to identify all types on signs of water damage to your home. Many things you might miss they will catch. If you have any questions or need help from a professional service, give us a call at (619) 284-4239 or contact us at our website cleanearthrestorations.com.