When you think of water damage and water invading your home, you might picture coming home from work to find the sink left on and spilling out through your front door in dramatic fashion. While this is a very real, very possible situation, water damage can also be a silent destructor. Between leaky pipes, backed up drains, unmaintained seals, roof leaks, or other subtle issues, you might not even notice you have a leak in your home at first until it grows into an even bigger, more hazardous problem.
No home is 100% waterproof, so it is important to be able to recognize the signs of water damage as soon as possible in order to prevent danger and avoid disaster and to know when action needs to be taken. Below, we have listed and explained five signs of water damage that will help you know when to call a professional restoration service.
Discoloration is a common and easily detected sign of water damage. If you notice water rings or brown, black, or yellowing surfaces, you could have some serious water damage going unchecked.
Mold growth often occurs when water damage beneath the surface of your home is left unaddressed. Mold wears many masks and can appear in many shapes and forms. It can be blue, green, white, black, or even invisible to the naked eye. It is important to detect mold and halt the growth and spread of airborne spores before it poses a major health hazard to both you and those in your household.
In addition, unmaintained leaks can lead to mold, which puts off a very strong smell that can lead you to the source of the damage. If you notice a certain area in your home carries a distinct smell, particularly a strong, musty odor, odds are you have water damage and mold growth thriving in your home.
Water damage often causes structural decay. This can pose a serious threat to the integrity of your home if left unchecked, and not only can lead to a route for further water damage but also can impose serious danger upon you and those in your household. In your home, you can recognize structural decay caused by water damage in several ways:
-Paint Peeling or Bubbling
-Cracks in Foundation and/or Windowsills and Doorframes
-Uneven Windows and Doorframes
If you notice any of these signs of water damage, contact a restoration service immediately to preserve your home and prevent further damage.
Recent Natural Disaster
If your area has recently experienced a natural disaster, it is a good idea to have a water damage service check out your home, even if you can’t spot any immediate destruction. Professionals have the equipment and experience to detect damage that may have gone unnoticed until it grows into an unmanageable disaster. If you live in the Akron area, you can call Certified Professional Restoration (CPR) at 234-231-9850 for professional, 24/7 emergency service.