Water flooding or leaks doesn’t just cause major and expensive damages to a home, but it also creates an unsafe and unhealthy environment. Water damage can cause a weakened structure and lead to the development of mold, mildew and other fungi. Water damage needs to be detected and dealt with quickly to ensure a safe and healthy home. Disaster Services would like to share some warning signs of water damage that every homeowner should be watching out for.
What are Indicators of Water Damage?
Bubbling Paint – One common sign of hidden water damage is when the paint on your home’s walls or ceiling begins to bubble. Paint will begin to bubble off the wall when there is moisture soaked into the drywall. Paint can bubble both inside and outside of the home. If you see your paint begin to bubble, check the walls or ceiling for moisture. I could be that you have a leaking pipe behind the walls.
Color Streaks – When water leaks occur they can also leave behind yellow, brown, or white colored streaks. Streaks occur when water leaks occur repeatedly such as from rain. You will see streaks in the attic or underneath the roof when roof leaking develops. However, the leak may also occur within the home from a condensation leak.
Cracks in the Walls – Most of the walls within a home are either made from drywall or plaster. These walls can develop cracks after being exposed to a lot of water. Cracks can also occur in the ceilings along with water stains. The cracks may have even begin to house mold. Cracks should never be ignored as they often reveal the site of water damage that are most often from a broken or leaking pipe.
Water Behind the Wall – There can be number of different signs to tell the homeowner that there is water behind the walls. The wall may feel soft and is easily broken. There may be water stains, mold or a musty odor. You may even hear water dripping or running behind the walls. When you can detect water behind your wall, you will need to have the damaged wall removed and the leak repaired.
Increased Water Bill – Water damage can occur anywhere inside the home and even underneath it. The pipes running underneath the foundation can become damaged and spring a leak as well. The location of the water can be hard to find. You will know of its presence when your water bill begins to go up. When you can see an increase of your water usage and your bill increases, you have a broken water line.
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Small or major water damage often leads to a ton of work. The water damaged materials will need to be removed and replaced. The leak or source of the water damage will need to be located and repaired. When you have water damage inside your home, it is best to leave it to the professionals. A restoration service can help remove and repair the water damaged materials inside your home and even help treat mold if present. For water damage restoration services and more, contact Disaster Services today.