Lookout for Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can cause big problems from time-consuming construction to large amounts of money in repairs. Many people fear they might have water damage, but are not confident in knowing the signs of water damage. Knowing what to look for to identify water damage can make a difference in spotting the damage early on, before the problem grows into a major restoration project.
- Stains: Stains often appear on the ceiling and floor from water exposure. When water spills and sits on a surface such as paneling and especially wood it soaks into the object and leaves behind a stain. An example of a stain from water damage, can be seen when water rings are left behind on a table from drinks. Water stains on floors and ceilings work in the exact same way, except they are often a sign of a water leak. Take the time to look for any stains along the walls, ceilings and floors, as this could be a growing problem over time.
- Blisters/Bubbles: Often times along the ceilings a bump will appear in result of water damage. If water is leaking from a pipe or water is leaking from a bathroom water will collect in a puddle in the ceiling. As the water sits, it softens the plaster and creates a blister. If you notice a bubble forming on your ceiling and you suspect it could be water related it is important not to poke at it, because it could create a hole, letting the water run out.
- Rotting: Wood and dry wall are some of the most common materials in which homes and buildings are made from, the problem with these materials is that they easily absorb water. The longer water is in contact with the wooden structure of the building the more likely rotting is to occur. This is why it is important for sitting water to be removed from a building as quickly as possible. Swelling and rotting wood can also cause the wood to expand, which pushes wood and nails away from each other weakening the overall structure of the building.
Water damage and flooding often occur when people least expect it, and commonly happens slowly over time. For this reason it is important to pay close attention to your home in order to stop water damage before it becomes a large restoration project. Keep in mind to look for stains, blisters and rotting wood in your home, as these are distinct signs of water damage. If a problem should arise that cannot be repaired on your own, be sure to call a water restoration company in order to restore your home to normal.