Doing DIY Water Damage Checks
Taking the time to do regular inspections and maintenance on your home is so important to its overall health, and checking for water damage is no different. Not only can water damage lead to problems you can see, but it can also cause structural issues that can remain quite hidden, causing extreme amounts of damage.
Doing your own water damage checks is an easy way to watch out for typical warning signs so you know when to bring in the professionals. Catching water damage early will help you to not only reduce the overall damage it can cause to your home, but can also reduce your insurance claim to save you money on your premium.
Doing Your Own Household Water Damage Checks
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Many things are hidden behind a house’s drywall, including wiring, venting and framing—but water damage can be hidden by this, too. You will often notice signs of water damage on drywall if you look carefully, such as spotting or peeling of the paint, which should be addressed right away to avoid any issues.
Don’t forget to look down. Water will slowly work its way down over time, especially if it is the result of a leaking pipe in the wall. In this instance, it can slowly be absorbed by the subfloor of the home, causing floors that become warped, uneven or buckled. If you notice any of these issues in your own floor, it might be a sign that you have water damage lurking underfoot.
Inspect your roof. It is never a bad idea to check up on your roof’s status, as it is your single biggest defense in keeping water damage out. Going outside with binoculars can help you spot loose shingles, warped flashing or other signs that you have damage that should be repaired to protect the integrity of your roof.
Pay close attention to the basement. Your basement does not have to be musty or damp—in fact, it should not be. If you notice water on your foundational walls, signs of puddling or a musty odor, these are all signs that you should have your basement treated for moisture to avoid harmful mold and mildew growth in the space.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.