Water Damage. How Can I Identify It?
Water is an essential part of our daily lives. We invest millions in saving water, pumping water and storing water in our homes so that we can consume or utilize it whenever we want. Yet, all it takes is a few liters of water and this essentiality can quickly become a disaster. It is widely known that water damage can take shape in many ways. But what are the ways that we can identify it?
Indicators of Water Damage
An easy and obvious way to detect water damage is through water stains. These stains are usually most found around windows, doors and ceilings. If you observe water stains, you should quickly find the source of the water. If they are around windows and doors, it is a strong sign that water is somehow penetrating from the outside. A common solution is to get a sealant to efficiently eliminate any small gaps or holes that are allowing the water to seep through. If the water damage is found on the ceiling, it is usually a good indicator that there is a roof leak. Again, it is recommended to quickly investigate the true source of the roof leak and call the appropriate professionals to fix the problem. Water stains in cabinets are another sign that there could be a leak in a pipe or drainage system.
Another indicator of water damage is the alteration of the shape and strength of the floor. Hardwood floors absorb water and when the water content within the wood is high enough, it can alter the strength and dimensions of the floor panel. Areas that are widely known for having water in the wood of the floor is the kitchen (around equipments that use water such as a refrigerator, dishwasher), bathroom (toilet and the tub vicinity).
The third indicator that will be mentioned of water damage is structural abnormalities. As explained above, when wood is exposed to moisture and water, it will change in strength and also dimensions. You should be aware and investigating this type of damage, especially when the water damage occurs in the basement or lower levels of your home. Typical signs are sagging or tilting supports, which means that the support itself is straining as its strength of material is being weakened. Also, be aware of your drywall since if exposed to water, will become soft and also lose its strength. Identifying water damage in dry wall can also be done by its discoloration or if looking swollen.
The last and the most obvious of water damage is odor. When wood and other materials are subjected and exposed to water, it typically gives off an odor that most of us will recognize. It is that old, musky smell that you intake when you are by the local swimming pool. If detected, and unless there is an obvious reason such as your dog coming in drenched from the rainstorm, you should examine the reason why for it is a good indicator of a water damage problem.
The identifications listed above are, of course, not the only ways that you can detect if you have water damage in your home. Always remember, the key to efficiently detect water damage is to use common sense and also to be alert.
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