Water damage is an issue dreaded by many homeowners as it can be almost impossible to detect until it’s too late. Not only can water damage be an eyesore on your home, but it can be a danger to you and your family as well. Some of these dangers are more obvious than others. Water can rot the wood and gypsum boards that are the backbone of your home’s structural support. If it is let go long enough, your home can deteriorate to the point of its structural integrity being questionable. In other words, your walls, floors and ceilings could collapse.
Mold is another dangerous effect. Some types of mold that can grow in your home are relatively harmless- but some can cause severe respiratory issues or have cancerous effects on your organs. If mold is found in your home, it is likely that there is lurking water damage that needs professional attention.
How To Detect Water Damage
Detecting the underlying cause of water damage as soon as possible is key to preventing further destruction to your home. There are obvious signs that every homeowner should be aware of. These include, but are not limited to:
- Visible water spots on walls and ceilings
- Visible mold
- Peeling/ bubbling paint or wallpaper
- Walls or floors look like they are warped or buckling
- Increase in utility bills
- Musty odor
If you notice any of these occurrences within your home, it is important to call a professional that can source the cause of the problems and properly repair the damaged areas.
Repairing The Damage
If water damage is detected within your home it is important to remove it as soon as possible. The longer the moisture is left to linger, the more serious damage will be done. It can be very dangerous to try to repair damage without the help of a professional. There are different types of water that could be causing damage to your home. Depending on the source of the water, it can be hazardous to dispose of without the proper gear. Worst case scenario, you are dealing with blackwater, which comes from sewage.
In any case, the best thing to do is to is to contact a professional who can find the source of the problem, repair the damage that is done and take the necessary measures to prevent it from happening again!