Because the extent of water damage inside your Wisconsin home is very time-sensitive, the best way to mitigate damages is to find the water as soon as possible. Early signs of water damage can be easily overlooked. If you know what signs to look for, you can increase your chances of spotting water damage before the cleanup problem becomes severe. Here are some early warning signs of water damage you should be aware of in your home. By being aware of these early signs, you will be able to tackle any cleanup that may need to be done.
Sounds Of Running Water
When everything is turned off, and your home is quiet, listen for any unusual sounds like dripping, or the subtle hiss of water running. A commonplace for water to run when it should not be in the toilet. Pay attention to your appliances, and listen for any sounds of water when it should not be heard. If you do hear running or dripping water and there is no explanation for it, be sure to call Restore More and have it investigated.
Strong Musty Odors
If you smell a pungent, earthy, musty smell, that does not go away on its own, it is a pretty sure giveaway that there is mold growth. Mold grows when excess water or moisture is present, so often time mold growth and water damage go hand-in-hand. Mold can cause some serious respiratory symptoms in those who are exposed to it, so if there is any chance you could have mold in your home you need to get it removed right away. The source of the water and moisture will have to be stopped to remove the mold, so be sure to call Total Restoration right away if you smell unusual musty odors in your home.
Changes To Floors, Walls, Or Ceilings
If water is seeping into the sub-flooring, whether from a saturated foundation or leaking pipes, flooring will begin to show signs of water damage. Loose tile, peeling linoleum, or warping laminate flooring are all signs that there is water damage below. When water leaks behind walls and the drywall becomes saturated, walls may begin to crack and sag. Peeling or bubbling paint and cracks on walls can oftentimes be the result of water damage. Water damage to the ceiling (sometimes caused by leaks in the roof) may begin to manifest itself with cracking or bowing. In some cases, bubbles of water may even appear on the ceiling. If you notice any changes to the structure of your floors, walls, or ceiling, get it checked right away for water damage.
Visible Stains And Discoloration
Walls, floors, and ceilings may also show spots or stains in areas where water is present. Water spots cause discoloration in many different shades and shapes. Rings on ceilings and floors, lines on walls, and other areas that are discolored should be evaluated for water damage. Sometimes these marks may appear darker and then fade – that is a common trait of water damage. When more water is in the area, the color will appear darker, then, as it begins to dry, it will fade. Do not hesitate to call Restore More any time you notice possible water spots or stains.
If you notice any signs of water damage in your home, call Restore More in Wisconsin right away for expert water damage cleanup.