Water: Can’t live without it, can’t live with too much of it. Few things can slowly and irrevocably ruin your home the way water can. An undiscovered water leak could spread out and destroy your floors and walls, create hazardous mold and force you to make some very costly repairs. Every responsible homeowner should know the signs of water damage so that they can act fast to fix any potential problems.
Knowledge is power, and knowing when you need help is wisdom. If you see a mole on your body, you call the doctor. If you see mold on your walls, you call us. At Boydco Plumbing, we know the warning signs of water damage and we know how to stop it from getting worse. Look at these seven signs of water damage. Are you experiencing any of them right now?
What’s the number one warning sign that you have water damage in your home? Water. If you see a puddle under your sink or around the toilet, that’s a major indicator. Dripping pipes are also cause for concern. If you see water in places where there shouldn’t be any water at all, that’s a HUGE red flag. If you can, always try and track down the source of the leak. If it’s within your ability to stop it, do so. You’ll still need to consult a professional, though, to see the extent of the hidden damage caused by the leak.
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Look out for changes in the color of your carpeting and wall paint. Mold and water can cause dark spots to form on water-damaged areas. Furniture that’s been affected may also shows sign of discoloration, so be sure to inspect them too. Look carefully, as discoloration can be subtle and only appear in tiny nooks and crannies.
Peeling, Cracking, Swelling
Your house’s walls are like your skin: If they start to peel, crack or swell, that’s a clear sign that something is wrong. When water gets trapped in your walls and ceiling, they start to warp. Ceilings with trapped water swell, and walls start to peel and crack as the water pushes apart the wallpaper and cracks the paint. Some surfaces, like drywall, will begin to develop a chalk-like texture as they become water-damaged. Leaking water can also make your floors feel soft and spongy, breaking down the fibers in your carpeting.
Follow Your Nose
The presence of hidden water in your floors and walls can be tipped off by weird smells. If you smell a musty odor, that could be stagnant water pooling somewhere in your home. Molds can also give off their own strange smells. If you’ve suffered a recent leak, stop using air freshener products for a couple of days to see if any unfamiliar smells are wafting through your house.
Have you been getting sick a lot lately? If you develop flu or cold symptoms that don’t seem to be going away, mold hidden in your home could be the cause of it. Some types of mold can be very toxic, so it’s essential that they’re rooted out and destroyed as soon as possible before your health deteriorates.
If your water bill seems to be higher than usual, there may be a leak in your home. Get one of our plumbers to come out to your home. Using moisture reading equipment, we can detect and locate leaks that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. Not only will you be saving money on your water bill by nipping any leaks in the bud, but you’ll also be saving your home from being slowly damaged.
If you hear dripping or the sound of running water at night when nobody is using the water, that’s a problem. Water leaks in your home can make an assortment of strange noises, so pay extra close attention to what your house sounds like. If you find water damage in your home, try to keep silent for a night to see if you hear anything in your house that’s out of place.
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If you’ve got any of these signs of water damage in your house, call Boydco Plumbing to set up a free in home consultation at 602-335-0323.