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Signs of water damage can range from the extremely obvious to the very subtle–but all types of water damage pose a serious risk to your home and your wallet. Learn the signs, and regularly inspect your home to prevent problems before they become disasters.
What's in it for you?
- Prevent harmful mold and mildew
- Fortify your home
- Avoid expensive repairs
Note discoloration. Discoloration in the ceiling, floor or walls can be a sign that your home has water damage that’s rotting surfaces. Often these stains are brown or yellow and could be soft or swollen to the touch.
Feel out your flooring. Tiles or wooden surfaces that feel warped or cracked can also indicate water seepage. Pay special attention to basement flooring since it’s more vulnerable to damage from outside runoff.
Poke around the pipes. Always check anywhere you have exposed pipes or frequent water usage (such as the bathroom and the kitchen) for water damage. Look for corrosion around the pipe connections, warping of surfaces, and dark stains–these can all be indicators of leaking water.
Follow your nose. Do you see unexpected white or dark stains on your surfaces that have an earthy smell? Smell is a great indicator of mold and mildew forming–even if you can’t see it. Odors caused by mold and mildew can lead to health issues, so don’t ignore any odd smells (or sights) you come across.
Don’t neglect the outside. All interior signs of water damage can present themselves outdoors as well as indoors. Additionally, watch out for damage along your roofline, and missing, curling or cracked shingles. Standing puddles of water around the exterior may also indicate bad drainage that could be seeping into your house.
Stop at the source. Once you’ve identified signs of water damage there are steps you can take to fix and prevent it: make sure your gutters and drain systems drain away from your house, treat any mold you find indoors and outdoors, and always properly ventilate your home.
For big issues (such as damaged or leaking pipes) call us at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a Super Pro ASAP.