Water damage can be trick for home owners and business owners to spot. If you do not recognize the signs of water damage, the damage will simply get worse over time. In fact every hour that passes where water damage is allowed to go unabated, further damage will result. Even waiting just one more day can dramatically increase your chance of permanent damage to your property and contents, not to mention the chance of a mold infestation due to excessive moisture. If you wait to long materials may not be able to be saved by a water damage restoration professional. The gradual or even sudden accumulation of water, if left unattended, can gradually destroy even the strongest of walls, floors, foundations, carpets, doors and other building materials. It is important to make sure you know what the signs of water damage are, so that you can prevent long term and irreversible water damage to your home.
Some of the signs of water damage include:
Moist walls. If your walls are damp at all you may have an internal leak in your home. Perhaps a pipe is slowly leaking. You could even have water seeping into the walls from a leak in the roof. A water damage clean up and restoration professional can use a moisture meter to determine if there is a presence of a abnormal amount of water present in your walls.
Discoloration on your ceiling. If you see spots and rings on your ceiling of unknown origin, or brown spots, you have have a leak or pool of water building up in your ceiling. Most floors have pipes running through them and every pipe at some point in it’s life span will leak. This is one of the most dangerous water damage signs as sooner or later the entire ceiling will collapse. You could even be experiencing water damage coming down from within the roof, especially from ice or snow.
Mold and moisture. If you find the presence of mold on your property, especially if it is a lot of mold growth, you may very well have a leaky pipe or some other source of water damage present. If you see black dots, these are a sign of mold and bacteria growth. Often times mold can begin to grow in places we cannot see, such as inside of walls and ducts. The important thing about mold and mildew is that they both require a large amount of moisture, and excessive moisture is possible sign of water damage.
If your basement is damp, look for a white residue on the walls. Often times if the foundation has sustained any water damage, it will give off a sickly white residue.
Inspecting your property often is the key to catching water damage early. Inspect in places that do not come to mind easily, such as cabinets under sinks, around appliances that use water such as dishwashers and washer machines and even refrigerators that have a water line. Looking outside of your home is helpful to, such as checking the outside wall for cracks or seeing if water pools up against any side of your home after heavy rainfall.