Invisible Causes of Water Damage
When people think about water damage they often think about periods of high rainfall with rising water levels and floods. However, water damage can happen in numerous ways. Perhaps the scariest form of water damage is that in which shows very few warning signs and is seemingly invisible to the naked eye. Don’t stress over this potential hazard for there are steps in which to prevent this type of water damage.
Damp and Moist Areas
Basements are the most common room in which moisture builds up but it can happen in any poorly ventilated room. Although this may not seem like a big deal it can lead to major issues within the home. The most common concern resulting from damp conditions is the growth of mold and mildew. Mold can be very hazardous to your health, causing minor issues such as headaches and irritation of the skin, as well as causing very significant health risks such as bleeding lungs and cancer. To catch these seemingly invisible causes of water damage you should watch out for the following signs. If a musty order is present that is often a result of moisture build-up and mold growth. Another sign of moister build up is sweat beads collecting on the walls of the rooms. One final thing to pay attention to is actually feeling the moisture in the air and on your skin. These may be less obvious signs of water damage but it is very important to catch these signs early on before mold builds up within your home or business. Often times a simple dehumidifier can solve this problem by drawing the water out of the air creating an overall drier room. If you have gone without a dehumidifier for a period of time it is important to have someone check for mold growing in the cracks and walls of the building.
Cracked or Leaky Pipes
Pipes are often hidden within the walls of buildings to keep them out of the way as well as making rooms look more appealing. Although this may be beneficial for the visual aesthetics of a building it causes the problem of not being able to identify small leaks within the pipes that can cause significant water damage. Even though this is out of sight there are still ways for checking for damaged pipes. If a dripping noise or running water is heard it is important to call a professional right away because this can lead to internal water damage of the wall including mold growth and rotting of the wood. Other signs of cracked or leaking pipes could include a decrease in water pressure as well as water stains showing up on the walls or ceiling. These problems can be costly to fix but if they go untreated the problem will only continue to grow, increasing the amount of time and money required to fix the problem.
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