Heavy rains and sudden downpours don’t last forever, but their effects sometimes linger long beyond the initial inconvenience of a ruined, rainy day. Taking good care of your family and home require some basic and simple observations you can do after a bout of heavy rainfall or water saturation.
Hidden water damage is one of the leading causes of house deterioration. Rot, mold, and instability come from water exposure not taken care of in a timely manner. But don’t worry. We have some tips that will have you ready to detect water issues fast!
Visible mold or moldy smell
While this may seem obvious, sometimes in time of heavy saturation exterior smells can blend with interior odors and make it difficult to tell the difference. When in doubt, call a professional and they will make the distinction for you.
Peeling or blistered wall paper and paint.
It’s not always just the effects of time. Paint that looks like it bubbling or wavy may have water seepage coming from behind it. Also, wallpaper that has begun to peel away from the wall is a telltale sign. Have these checked out immediately.
Sagging or squishy floors
In older homes, it can be hard to tell the difference between aging floors and wet ones, but there are some distinct warning signs. Floors that feel ‘squishy,’ are usually laden with water. Bathrooms that never seem to dry out are also hotbeds for possible leaks. Have these looked into promptly.
Discolored patches on the outside of your home
After a lot of saturation take a walk around the outside of your home. Do you see anything that discolored or doesn’t match the surrounding stuccos or siding? Water saturation from a leak or trapped water could be damaging the material. If it doesn’t go away, call a professional for help.
Spike in your water bill
If you notice a jump, it may be that your water is leaking under the house or from a stripped faucet outside. Both can compromise your homes foundation. Check for visible drips that can be hand tightened first, but if your bill continues to be high and you cannot account for it, seek the help of a professional immediately.
Water damage can be a scary prospect, but if you catch it early it can be a minor repair. Be vigilant and don’t let small things add up to big costs. With a trusted professional on your side, prevention and rapid response are the keys to peaceful and low maintenance home ownership.
If you need a professional to look at your possible water damage and give you an assessment and you are in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area call us today at 480-309-2524