Water damage cleanup in your home is no small task. Because water damage can cause some serious problems in your home, it is important to deal with it quickly. Spotting water damage quickly will help reduce damages and get cleanup started as soon as possible. However, sometimes water damage is not always immediately apparent. Here are some of the signs you should look for that could indicate water damage.
Not all water damage is visible, but that doesn’t mean that it is silent. For times that you cannot see the water damage, you may be able to hear it. Sounds that are out of the ordinary, new or changed (like dripping water, creaking floorboards, and running or rushing water when nothing has been turned on) are all strong indicators that there is water damage where you may not be able to see it.
Excess moisture and dampness from water damage leads to a very distinct odor that is commonly associated with mold and mildew. Musty, pungent odors that are stronger in specific areas and do not go away are signs that there is mold growth, and mold growth means that there is water damage supplying that growth.
Along with a musty odor, mold itself can leave visible signs. And if mold is present, there is definitely water damage and excess moisture in your home. Mold can appear as spots and patches along ceilings, floors, walls, and other surfaces. Mold can look splotchy or fuzzy, and can range from different shades of green to white, brown, and even black. If you notice mold in your home, call a professional water damage restoration company right away to find the source of water, get it stopped, and safely remove and clean the mold.
When walls, floors, and ceilings are exposed to water, they will begin to absorb the moisture. This moisture will cause deterioration and break down, making ceilings bow, floors warp, and walls crack. Any structural changes like sagging ceilings, peeling and bubbling walls, or changes with your floor can likely be attributed to water damage. Look for changes in the structures of your home, and investigate any that you find.
When water leaks where it isn’t supposed to, it will oftentimes leave a trail. Streak marks, spots, and rings on walls, ceilings, or floors are all signs of water damage. These discolored spots can grow in size or change color (i.e. spots on the ceiling appear darker when it rains). Watermarks, while distinctive, may appear in many different forms and colors. If you notice any discoloration on any surfaces in your home, walls, ceilings, or floors, have them checked for water damage.
Don’t live with strange sounds, musty smells, unhealthy mold, warped floors, or unsightly discoloration in your home in Greater Charlotte, and definitely don’t ignore it. If you notice any of these signs of water damage in your home, call the professionals at Restoration 1 Greater Charlotte right away. These professionals understand that time is of importance and will do everything to ensure your home is back to its original condition! So call today!