How do you know you have a potential plumbing emergency looming? If you know what signs to look for, you can increase your chances of spotting water damage before the problems become severe. Here are some early warning signs of water damage in your home…
Sounds of Running water
When your home is quiet, listen for any unusual sounds like dripping. Or maybe you hear a hissing sound of water running. Sometimes the toilet is commonplace for water to run. If you do hear running or dripping water and there is no explanation for it call your Restoration Service and have it investigated.
Strong Musty Odors
Musty odors can be caused by a number of things in your home, but, generally speaking, mold and mildew are the main culprits. The bad smell is caused by mold and mildew building up and releasing foul gases. … Humid air caused by leaky faucets or showers can cause small areas of water to build-up. The source of the water and moisture will have to be stopped to remediate the mold, so be sure to call someone right away if you smell an unusual musty odor in your home.
Changes to Floors, Walls, or Ceilings
Early warning signs of water damage are peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper. Over time, they will become bloated or warped. In severe cases, walls and ceilings may feel spongy to the touch. If water is seeping into the subflooring, whether from a saturated foundation or leaking pipes, flooring will begin to show signs of water damage. If you notice any changes to the structure of your floors, walls, or ceiling, get it checked right away for water damage.
Spiking Water Bills
A sudden jump in your water bill is more than just a pain in the wallet. It’s also a sign that something has changed in your plumbing system. If you haven’t done anything to justify an increase in water usage (such as filling up a pool or watering your lawn more than usual) you should begin troubleshooting to find out if you have a leak. Call someone to investigate the problem.
Visible Stains and Discolorations
It shouldn’t be too hard to figure out from what area of the home the water is coming. Whether it’s the roof or an upstairs bathroom, whatever is above the ceiling is usually the source of your ceiling moisture problem. If you can’t identify a possible water source above the ceiling stain, you may have a leaky pipe. It’s also not uncommon for the water to run along rafters or piping before dropping onto your ceiling, obscuring the true source of the problem. Rings on ceilings and floors, lines on walls, and other areas that are discolored should be evaluated for water damage from a professional.
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Professionals can respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly so the damage is minimal.
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