Time is everything when it comes to water damage. Even small leaks can lead to bigger issues, like mold, if not addressed quickly. A swift response will the best way to save you time and money on repairs. It’s important to know what signs to look for, so you know when there may be a problem.

What You Might See

  • Most water damage occurs in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. On walls and ceilings look for any spots that are bubbling, wrinkling, or discolored. Take notice of any spots of dampness or softness of material.
  • Watch for floors that are warped or popping. Pay attention to any damp or wet spots on carpets and other flooring. Look for water along baseboards.
  • Mold can grow on almost any surface including ceilings, wallpaper, flooring, wood, and insulation. Humid areas and areas with high water use are the most common places for mold growth. Look for white, green, or black specks. If you do suspect mold, you should have your home thoroughly inspected before things get worse.
  • Roofs are also common culprits for water damage. Signs of damage may include drips, discoloration on ceilings, crumbling drywall, shingles that are cupped or curling, musty smells in the attic, wood decay in the attic and around windows, and mold on insulation.

What You Might Smell

  • If you have mold you may smell it before you see it. It will have a musty or damp odor. If the smell is stronger in a particular area or room, then that may be the source. Remember that mold likes to hide in areas like ceiling tiles, behind walls, in attics, or under flooring so it can be difficult to detect.
  • If you turn on your heating or cooling systems and smells get worse, then you may have mold in your HVAC, A/C, or heater.

What Might Change

  • Sudden changes in water pressure are a big indicator that you may have a leak or clog.
  • A consistent, steep increase in water bills is another sign to look for. Before jumping to conclusions though, the first thing to think about is overall water usage in your home. If you recently had guests or it’s summer and your children have been playing outside with the water running or filling up a pool, then you may have your answer. Anything out of your normal watering routine could mean a possible spike in your bill.
  • Pay attention to any sounds of dripping or trickling behind walls. If something seems out of the ordinary, be sure to have it checked out.

When water damage is spotted, time is critical if you want to avoid further damages. Calling in a professional to ask questions and get an assessment will be your best course of action.

Our IICRC certified team at Pro Response Water Restoration will take care of all of your water damage needs including all cleanup and repairs. Our goal is to get your home back to pre-loss condition as quickly and efficiently as possible. Give our team a call today! 469-858-1811

 

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