Monday, June 2, 2014

Spotting Hidden Water Damage And Water Damaged Drywall

Water damage is a huge issue for homeowners especially in Florida. Water damage in its initial stage is often hidden away from our view. Besides posing threat to the beauty and life of our house, the moisture triggers molds, which in turn affects our health adversely. The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor, such as water spots that could eventually surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property and property values.

The water damage should be tracked down as fast as possible; any delay will result in unnecessary losses and mold development. While trying to spot the water damage, keep a wide eye on the following facts, which could help you locate your water damage before it becomes a bigger issue.

1.Water stains:
That water stain on the ceiling or wall can be an obvious sign of water damage beneath. If a water spot suddenly pops up, it's time to get a professional into your house to check it out and find out where the water came from. If you are looking into purchasing an old house and you see water stains, be wary. Ask for proof that the source of the damage has been repaired. While looking for stains, concentrate on common areas that are exposed to water, around windows or the bottom of exterior doors, indicating that water is entering from the outside, at the joint between the ceiling and an exterior wall, etc.

 2.Buckling floors and walls:
This is another very clear sign, and it is often the mark of an extensive problem. The drywall or wood absorbs water, which makes it swell. The result is a buckling that you can see or feel when you walk over the area. This can happen over time, such as through a small shower leak, or it can happen all at once, especially after a major storm.

3.Crumbling areas:
The crumbling of wood can indicate moisture. Pay attention to the area around the windows and doors. Any sort of crumbling could indicate the wood is falling apart because of water infiltration. You can also see wood powder just beneath the windows or doors indicating a heavier crumbling going within.

4.Dusty smell:
Odor is a good indicator of water damage. In a basement, closet, bathroom or other room any damp and musty odor is a possible warning that you have excess moisture, water leakage or the beginnings of water damage. Carefully examining the area to find the source of the moisture is the first step in getting the problem repaired and stopping the water damage from getting worse.

5.Mold growth:
Mold and mildew on fabrics, wallpaper and other things in your home, especially attic trusses and basement walls are indicators of water damage. This could be occurring due to humidity in the air, or water leaks and possibly other plumbing issues. Again, determine the source and fix the problem before attempting to repair the water-damaged materials.

6. Stagnant water:
Standing water on the floor or near a plumbing area can be a good indicator that there is damage behind a wall or from the ceiling. Any time you see water; there is a good chance that there is damage somewhere near to the water. Some of the most common places are around bathtubs, sinks and showers, basements and attics.

7.Hidden leaks:
Sometimes you can sense a water leak, but you can't see it anywhere. If you suspect a hidden leak coming from your roof, try to use your ears to locate it. When it starts to rain, turn off everything in the house, including your central heat and air. The sound of water dripping through your roof is very different from the sound of water landing on your roof; try to listen to it. This could also help you track the hidden leaks and thus protecting your attics from getting damaged.

If you need professional water damage remediation, don’t hesitate to call us here at Dryfast Systems! We are experts, and are here to help you.

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