Aside from hurricanes (Hurricane Hazel), tornados and major catastrophic events, water damage, for the most part, goes unnoticed. The damage occurs slowly and when it finally hits you, your home as sustained a significant amount of damage. Repairing the damage (if at all you can) will cost you a fortune. The good news is that there are signs you could look out for to spot the damages before they escalate. Here are some initial tells serving as warning signs of underlying water damage.
Water bill is through the roof
When you notice a sudden increase in your water bills, you should be concerned. There might be a leak in your plumbing system. Depending on where the leak is, you might not notice it until after your paint starts to peel. The crawlspaces, you will be shocked might be flooded as well.
It is especially common in basements and cellars and other parts of the house that are not well ventilated. It signifies an underlying moisture problem. The musky smell is unmistakable. If you have sensitive nasals or have allergies, they may be triggered.
If surface beneath your wooden floor is wet, the planks will start to cup the moment they absorb moisture. If your home has a slab foundation, the water below can wick up to the surface and destroy the floor. If you notice these cupping’s on your floor and diagnose them in their early stages, Lemarg Flood Restoration Company can fix your floor and address the water damage problem before it spirals out of control.
Bubbling/peeling wall paint
Paint has been designed to withstand harsh conditions. But they too have their limits. When subjected to unconducive conditions, in this case, excessive moisture for a prolonged period, they will give up. Peeling/bubbling paint is most common in walls where plumbing runs through. If you notice this, it is best you call in a water damage restoration professional/company that will inspect the walls using thermal imaging equipment. Speaking of which, it is imperative that the company you contract uses up to date technology. Why? Well, think about it. In the event the peeling on the wall is not as a result of a leaking pipe and the wall has been torn down, this will translate to increased and unplanned for expenditure.
Like all living things, moulds have a specific set of conditions they grow in. For moulds, the most important factor necessary for their growth is moisture. Here is the thing. Moulds are tiny and grow in dark spaces in the house. This makes them pretty difficult to detect. When you start to see mould in your home, you should know you have a moisture problem and has been so for quite a while. You need to act fast.
And before you get tempted, it’s worth noting that cleaning out the mould is just but a temporary solution. The will grow back with time.
If you notice any of the listed signs or notice a staining on the ceiling, call in a professional company. With the use of high-tech moisture detecting gadgets, they can sniff out the wet surfaces and provide water damage restoration services.