Water damage is often unpredictable and expensive. It can strike at any moment and cause hazards to your home in places you wouldn’t imagine. So is there any way to prevent this from happening? Yes! You’ll need to know the hidden causes of water damage to help prevent it from happening.
One of the best preventative measures you can do for your home is by inspecting certain areas frequently. If water damage is happening, you can catch it during your routine inspections. This doesn’t mean you have to hire an inspector to come to look at your home, but something you can do yourself. Appliances that utilize water are a great place to start. Some of the most common reasons for hidden water damage include leaky or broken pipes. In addition, anything plumping related can become a reason as well. Make sure to inspect your appliances like washing machines, refrigerators, hot water tanks, HVAC systems, and any older machinery in your home. Unfortunately, there are situations where water damage comes from the outdoors. Leaky roofs or gutters can increase the chances of water making its way into your home. If you are not able to inspect these areas, hire someone to do so. Don’t wait before it’s too late.
Even with preventative measures, water damage can still occur. The best thing to do is make yourself aware of water damage signs. A musty smell is a common indicator of a water leak. When water soaks into a material, like drywall or wood, mold will grow. When mold is present, it eventually omits a musty odor. Mold must have proper conditions to grow. It thrives in damp and dark areas. If water is leaking or present, this creates the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold comes in all different colors, including green, black, white, and even brown. Once you notice mold, you should remove it as soon as possible. Another sign of water is peeling paint or wallpaper, dark stains, and discoloration to your ceiling or walls. The stains are typically darker in cooler and grow larger over time.
If you are suffering from water damage, Spotless Carpet can help! We offer 24-hour emergency clean up services because we know it doesn’t wait for business hours. To learn more, visit us online here today!