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Not all water damage losses are immediately evident. In fact, many occur over a long period of time before they are recognized by the homeowner and rectified. By then, the signs are very clear and the underlying problems are severe. So how can you keep an eye out for potential problems so that you can spot them before they become a much bigger problem? Here are some initial warning signs that you may have an issue that is causing water damage to your home (or business for that matter).
1. Increased water bill
If you’re seeing an uptick in your water bill, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. Depending on where the leak is you may not notice it until a long time after it’s already caused significant water damage. For instance, you probably don’t go down to your crawlspace often, but it could be standing in water in sections!
2. Musty odor
This is especially prevalent in basements or cellars, but can also occur in other areas of the home. It’s an unmistakable smell and it’s usually the sign of some sort of moisture issue. If a section of your home smells musty, it warrants further investigation!
3. Cupping wood floors
If the subfloor below your wood floors is wet, typically the wood planks will cup once they take on the moisture. On some homes with slab foundations, if the foundation soaks up enough ground water, the moisture will rise up and eventually destroy the wood floors. If you notice slight cupping, and you can diagnose it fast enough, usually a water damage company can fix the floors and address the underlying moisture issue before the floors become completely ruined and need to be replaced.
4. Peeling/bubbling paint
This is most likely to occur in walls that are close to plumbing pipes traveling the wall cavity and could be an indication that there is a leak in the pipes. If you notice peeling or the paint is bubbling up from the wall, it might be worth having a water damage company come out to your home to use a thermal imaging camera to see if there are moisture problems behind the wall.
5. Mold spore buildup
Mold can not grow to levels that are perceptible to the human eye without excess moisture. So if you see mold, whether or not it’s toxic, you know you have some sort of moisture problem in your home that needs to be addressed. You can wipe off the mold and bleach the area, but that’s only going to provide a temporary fix. Without fixing whatever moisture problem you have, the spores will return because the conditions still exist for their growth.
If you see any of the signs above, or notice staining on your walls or ceilings, please contact us immediately! We can use our moisture detection equipment to discover any wet surfaces or sub-surfaces and help diagnose where it’s coming from. Ignoring the problems above will only make things worse! Give us a call today and one of our technicians can come out and fully assess your situation. Should you need water damage repair services, we can provide you with a full cost estimate to dry and repair any damaged areas!