Water damage is considered to be a serious problem which you can never foresee. It can strike a home at any time, causing problems like property damage, etc. Many people think that they can fix the water damage or a leaky roof or pipe problems on their own. But actually, not properly reparation can result in aworse situation.
Common signs of water damage
Some signs of water damage are easy to spot, while others require a bit more attention and of course a trained eye. Still, if you suspect that there has been water damage, you should be on the lookout for the following signs:
- Dark or wet spots on the wall or ceiling
- Drywall that begins to flake or crack
- Wet spots, drips, or puddles around your pipes, sinks, toilets, taps, etc.
- A damp, musty, or moldy smell that suddenly appears. There could also be a sewage smell coming from any plumbing fixtures
- Hearing water running even when all the fixtures are turned off
- A sudden increase in utility bills could be a sign of a hidden leak
What causes water damage
- Severe weather
Though thunderstorms, hurricanes do not happen very often, once they do, they may cause water damage striking your property. At the same time, strong winds could damage your roof, sending a certain amount of water into your house.
- Leaking pipes
A broken or loose-fitting pipe inside the wall is one of the reasons for water damage. As the entire wall will be water damaged, and it’ll foster the formation of an entire colony of mold.
- Washing machine water supply line leak
As we know water machines are fed by water supply lines that are under constant pressure. Well, you have to worry about the machine if your washing machine has rubber or PVC supply lines. They can easily wear out and rupture, which means your entire laundry room will be flooded in minutes if you don’t shut off the water source in time. At the same time, if the supply lines are made from braided stainless steel, then you have nothing to worry about.
HVACs (heating, ventilating and air conditioning units), can also become a reason for water damage. For example, air conditioners require regular servicing, and when it is not done properly, it can end up in moisture buildup. When the moisture cools, it can interact with mold spores in the air conditioning ducts and encourage mold to grow inside.
Ways to protect your home from water damage
If you do discover water damage in your home, do not hurry to worry. We have prepared for you several ways to protect your home from water damage.
Inspect your roof
First of all, check your attic inside for any signs of water leaking through the roof. Outside, inspect the roof itself for signs of visible damage, and ensure the flashing surrounding any chimneys is intact. You can also install a water leak detection device. It is relatively inexpensive, that shuts off the water supply in the event of a leak. It can be essential if you leave yourproperty vacant for extended periods.
Insulate your attic
Insulation plays an important role in controlling the temperature levels in your attic. In winter, the attic temperature should be 5-10˚ warmer than the outside. Otherwise, ice dams may form on the edges of your roof, potentially causing water damage.
So, please make sure your attic floor is properly insulated to help prevent warm air from entering the attic. To check if your insulation is in good condition, ensure it’s thick, soft, and dry. If it feels moist and looks thin and flat, it will create high moisture conditions. Replace it immediately.
Check your pipes
When it comes to checking pipes, you should check connections of pipes to plumbing. Where pipes come together, they are prone to leaking if that connection is not structurally sound. While moisture is only one sign of a bad connection, look for corrosion or stains in cabinets or flooring. Then, alsocheck the pipes both visually and by touch to see if any pipes show signs of damage.
Note: Water damage is a serious problem and can become even worse if you do not pay proper attention and do not call professionals.