Water damage is not a subject to be taken lightly. Buying a house is one of the biggest financial decisions most people make in their lifetime, and like most large investments proper maintenance is pertinent to its integrity. Any problems that may arise should be taken care of quickly before they become worse.
A common but serious problem for homeowners is water damage. Water damage left untreated can damage and weaken the structural integrity of the property. Additionally, lingering moisture can spawn mold growth, which can be dangerous to the health of those living in the home. Here are a few tips on how to check your home for potential water damage.
Look Out for Stains
Look at ceilings, walls, around the sink, toilets, bathtub. Areas that may experience moisture can be more prone to leaks and water damage, but tell-tale signs will be stains around these areas. Water stains on ceilings and walls can indicate leaky pipes. Additionally, peeling and cracking paint, cracks in drywall, and swollen areas that feel soft to the touch are indicators of water damage.
Inspect Your Floors
Floors have unique tell-tale signs if they experience water damage. For carpet, look for musty, moldy smells, damp spots, or rises in the carpet. For hard floors, such as wood, tile, and linoleum, signs can include warping, buckling, and cracks.
Look outside and in your yards. Areas where smalls pools of standing water are developing can indicate leaks. It is also important to inspect rain gutters to ensure they aren’t clogged or damaged. Roof shingles that are curled, cracked, or missing can indicate signs of water damage as well.
Keep an Eye Out for Mold and Rust
Mold is a tell-tale sign of lingering moisture. Mold will typically be found in areas with minimal airflow, such as basements, crawl spaces, cabinets, closets, and in corners. If mold is present, contact your local restoration cleaning service to properly clean the areas and monitor for additional moisture in the walls and floors. Look around sinks and appliances, such as your water heater, for signs of rust. Rust can corrode pipes, springing leaks and can cause further damage to your home.
If you think you may have a leak in your home, contact your local professionals. Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we pride ourselves in being one of the leading professionals in cleaning and restorative services. For a consultation or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 888-471-6653, or visit our website at cleanearthrestorations.com.