Does Your Home Have Water Damage? 3 Signs To Watch Out For

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Does Your Home Have Water Damage? 3 Signs To Watch Out For

22 July 2022
 Categories: , Blog

A range of aspects makes your home prone to water damage, which includes:

  • Leaky pipes

  • Heavy rain or snowfall

  • Faulty air conditioning unit

  • Overflowing sinks, bathtubs, or toilets

Water damage is a significant hazard. First, water damage may cause substantial structural damage that may necessitate expensive repairs. Moreover, water offers a perfect environment for mold to grow. Not only is mold unsightly, but it also causes respiratory problems for you and your family.

The first step to protecting yourself from water damage is understanding the signs to look out for.

1. A Musty Smell 

A musty smell like that of damp clothes you have stored in a dark place for too long accompanies water damage. The smell may start as faint but grow stronger over time.

The musty smell comes from spores released when wood, paper, or fabric gets wet. These spores multiply quickly in warm, humid conditions, spreading the musty smell throughout your home.

2. Water Stains on the Walls and Ceiling 

Dark or yellow stains on your walls or ceiling may indicate that you have a water damage problem. If you are not keen, you may confuse the water stains with dirt or dust. However, looking closely, you will notice that the stains are darker around the edges and lighter in the center.

Water stains on your ceiling may also take the form of sagging or drooping. The sagging happens when the water has soaked into the drywall, causing the wall to swell and eventually sag under its weight.

The stains may also signify mold growth, a common issue in homes with water damage. Therefore, contact a water damage repair contractor to inspect the walls and ceilings and rule out water damage as the cause of the stains.

3. Cracks in the Walls 

Water may put pressure on the walls, causing them to crack. Cracks are more visible around doors and windows, where the house frame is weaker. Additionally, you may see horizontal or stair-step cracks.

If you notice any cracks in your walls, contact a professional to immediately check and rectify the issue. Otherwise, the cracks may get worse and cause the walls to collapse.

If you suspect your home has water damage, you should act quickly to prevent further damage. First, watch out for musty smells, water stains, and cracks in the walls. 

To learn more about residential water damage, contact a company like Disaster Masters.  

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clean up and repair after summer storms

Summer storms can be hard on a home. Roofing, siding, windows and basements can all quickly get damaged by a single powerful storm that blows through town. So, what do you do if your home is damaged by one of these summer storms? I created this blog after going through the clean up and repair process twice in a single summer. I have learned a lot about what to do before the damage repair contractors arrive to help minimize the damage that the home sustains. I hope that you find these tips as helpful as I have during the stressful time of clean up and repair.