Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your house, because it’s often a silent enemy. Your house might look like it’s in perfect condition on the outside, but there might be a leaky pipe behind a wall or cracks in the basement that can let the water in. You can have a messy, costly problem on your hands before you know it. Here’s how you can look for secret warning signs of water damage.
Know the signs The first step to spot water damage is to know what you’re looking for. Of course, if you notice unusual puddles or drips, that’s a clear warning sign. The mold spots and the decoloration in the walls can also be a big red flag. Yet there may also be much more subtle signs of damage to water. Warping in the walls and floors is something you might not consider until it gets really bad. Another thing that homeowners overlook is the smell, but before you ever see the water damage, a damp, musty, and mild smell can emerge.
Where to Look Knowing the signs is most helpful if you know where to start looking for water damage. It’s a good idea to check your basement first, because it’s the most susceptible to outside exposure. You will keep an eye out for big cracks and unevenness on the concrete. Around your house, try looking at the seams where your walls meet the ceiling and the floors to see if they’re straight or if they’re bending or cracking. You might want to look at the outside of your house as well. For example, the gutters and downspouts on your roof can overflow and allow moisture to leak into your attic.
Professional inspection It may take a lot of effort and know-how to search through your entire house for signs of water damage. That’s why it might be a good idea to have a qualified inspection done. Hiring a specialist means that you won’t have to worry about going to the places of your house, such as your attic, roof, or crawl, which could be risky. Often, having an expert eye means that no secret water damage is missed. A professional knows what issues to look for, as well as what steps to take to fix them.
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