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4 Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

When your home experiences a flood, broken pipes, leaking or excess moisture, this can lead to water damage.  Just like mold, water damage isn’t always easily noticeable. A few things that you can take into consideration when looking for water damage are: change in odor, discoloration, peeling, and change in texture.

  1. Change in odor - Hidden water that goes untreated will give off a strong, musty smell. Possible areas you can check are the basement, ceiling, walls, floors, etc.
  2. Discoloration - Water that has seeped into walls and ceilings will create water spots and stains. These can be yellowish in color, sometimes brown or copper.
  3. Peeling - Water that's been absorbed into drywall can cause paint to lose adhesion.  This then causes bubbling, cracking and/or peeling.
  4. Change in texture - There are four different types of changes in texture - buckling, warping, sagging, and expansion. In buckling, the moisture causes deformation in the drywall which eventually leads to it cracking. Warping occurs when there are gaps present in between the boards, and the changes in temperature or humidity might cause “curling”.  When drywall and ceilings absorb extra water weight, sagging may occur as it becomes too heavy to support. Expansion occurs when boards swell up from absorbing too much water.

Regularly inspecting your home not only gives you peace of mind, it can also save you a lot of money in the long run. Treat your home right, and it will be good to you for years to come.

If you notice signs of mold in your home, please give us a call today to see how we can help.

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