Give it a look over.......
A house is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect your investment, you should vigilantly lookout for household problems and address them before they become issues.
Water damage……. nasty, unruly, unexpected. If left unattended, water damage can impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold. Here are several methods you can use for detecting water damage within your house.
- Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you may have - it can manifest signs of possible water damage. For tile and wood – you will look for cracked, buckling, or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, or the smell of mold and dampness – the smell is a sure sign that something isn’t right.
- Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet, or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains typically indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain possibly inside a wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear saturated and are soft to touch also signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint and other finishing’s start to peel.
- Inspect Outside
Check out the exterior of your house in detail. What you want to look for are pools of standing water, these can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house, or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues will threaten the foundation of your home. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water, cracked - curled or missing shingles and even broken flashing.
- Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections can be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth means moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores. This often is in the nooks and crannies of your home.
Finally, don’t rely solely on just sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, very unpleasant smell.
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