How would you know if you have Lakeland water damage at home? How would you detect signs of leaky or busted pipes? Sometimes, the causes of water damage are hidden behind your walls, under your floor boards, or on the exterior of your house. The water damage could have happened months or weeks ago and you would only begin to notice it once the problem is monstrous already. By this time, there’s nothing you can do but call a restoration company to drain the water from your house and treat it the mold and mildew that appeared on your walls, ceilings, flooring, etc.
What are you looking for?
Water damage can have different color, textures, locations, and even smells. It will all depend where the damage was located. Ceiling water damage, for example, is easier to detect because you will see the stains and the discoloration on the ceiling. Basement water damage, on the other hand, is hard to detect because the damage might not be visible to the naked eye. You may only be able to know that there is water damage in your basement because of the musty odor.
One of the first signs of water damage is standing or pooling water. This can result from old or malfunctioning appliances including washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and toilets. This is easy to spot because a puddle or pool of water would be visible on the floor. If there is a leaking roof or damaged drainage pipes, there could also be a puddle in the inside of your ceiling that could cause stains and discoloration on the ceiling.
Water damage on the ceiling is also easy to spot because there are water stains and spots. The area will most probably appear wet or dry and it can be yellow or brownish in color. It would also be easy to detect on the walls because of the bubbling, cracking, peeling paint or wallpaper, and staining.
Changes in texture
Like water damage in the ceiling and walls, water damage in the floor can also be detected by a chance in texture. This is caused by water seeping into the floor boards and areas under them. Some changes in texture include warping, which results to gaps between floorboards or curling at the edges. Buckling and sagging/sinking are also signs of water damage. Buckling occurs in wooden floors when one side of it becomes detached from the substrate and “tents” while sagging/sinking can be detected when there are “soft spots” in the hardwood floor because of rotten wood.