Three Sneaky Spots for Hidden Water Damage In Greater Charlotte

Water damage occurs when excess water pools in areas where it shouldn’t. In a perfect world, a tiny leak would be noticed immediately and a restoration team, like Restoration 1, would quickly resolve the problem. However, three areas of your home that are out of sight and out of mind can develop leaks or humidity problems. If you see or even suspect, a problem, call a full-service water restoration team from Greater Charlotte to investigate.

Chronic roof leaks can lead to wood deterioration and weakened, rotten roof framing. If there is no attic, or the size of the leak is really big, it will damage the interior ceiling. Affected ceiling paint will darken and ceiling plaster may bubble. The leaking water also will damage walls, ceiling-mounted lights, and fans.

Not only can water damage the home structure, but it can also ruin the things you have stored up there.

Buried Below In The Basement

Excess moisture in your basement can lead to cracks in your foundation and seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home. It can also cause wood beams and supports to rot. If your washer and dryer are located in your basement, they not only contribute to the humidity problem, they can suffer expensive damage from excess water.

A wet basement is also a serious health hazard. A damp basement can bring invite some unwanted tenants. Cockroach and rat waste has been known to trigger asthma attacks, creating a highly unhealthy environment for anyone with asthma. Damp areas are the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, and fungus.

Plus, if you have standing water in your basement, you are at risk for electrical shock should wires or electrical components come in contact with the water.

Forgotten In The Crawl Spaces

Crawl spaces are the areas of limited height under a floor or roof that allow clearance for piping electrical wiring and plumbing. Some older homes have high foundations with crawl spaces to allow cooling air to circulate throughout the home. Getting the structure up off the ground also helps control termites.

However, accumulated water in this enclosed space can cause many problems: wood rot, mold, mildew, and high electric bills. Moisture dripping through the concrete foundation of your home can cause basement leaks. Like other seldom used storage areas, your possessions can suffer from water damage for months before you notice.

Prevention Tips

  • Inspect the roof for rain seepage behind split shingles or through leaky flashing.
  • In under-insulated attics, frigid winter temperatures can rupture pipes. Insulate all exposed attic pipes to prevent freezing.
  • Control condensation with properly working vents, soffits and powered vent fans at the roof peak.
  • Maintain attic appliances such as flushing the hot water heater. Inspect for a clogged condensate drain line that could trigger an overflow in the HVAC. Consider an overflow safety switch to automatically shut down the unit before water damage occurs.

Restoration 1’s Water Damage Restoration Process

Water damage can cause structural damage. When the moisture isn’t tended to immediately due to inaccessibility, mold and mildew can form. You need to get the professionals involved right away. Restoration 1 provides certified water damage restoration services for homes in Greater Charlotte.

At Restoration 1, the team designs a plan for your home that ensures your property is 100% dry by using the best equipment in the industry. As soon as you discover a leak or water damage, call Restoration 1 for immediate assistance.