Although water is generally your friend, allowing you to live and enjoy life, it can also quickly turn into your worst nightmare with unimaginable consequences. And when it comes to water issues in a home, they can range from a small leak to considerable structural damage. That is why it is so important for you to be aware of water problems as soon as you can so that you can deal with them before any irreparable damage is done.
Avoid Water Damage in Your Home
Most of the damage caused by water in residential properties happens because of problems that could have been avoided. If proper care and maintenance are given to small, known problems, there is no reason for them to escalate. However, many homeowners are convinced that either a leak is not so big as to cause damage or that it is something they can tackle on their own. Sadly, any damage that you can see is likely to be the tip of the iceberg. There may be water deep inside the wall that can quickly cause a serious issue such as structural damage that risks the integrity of the home.
Besides the physical damage that water causes, you should also be on the lookout for mold. Mold can quickly start growing anywhere there is water, and it brings plenty of health problems. It is recommended that you waste no time in getting your water issues resolved as soon as possible before the matter gets out of control.
Signs of Water Damage
Wet or dark areas – Discoloration in the ceiling or the walls is a sure sign of water damage.
Puddles or water pooling – Leaks and drips can create pools of water. Worry when they come back after you have just cleaned them.
Bubbling, cracking, or flaking – Watch out for drywall or paint that has cracks, is flaking, or has started to bubble.
Sounds of running water – If you hear water running when you know no one is using it, or if you hear water sounds that are not what you are used to hearing, you may have a problem.
Musty or moldy smell – This is a true indication of water damage. It’s just a matter of finding out where it starts.
How fast does water damage your property?
If you suspect water intrusion in some form within your home, you generally have no more than 48 hours to react. Every hour you wait after that means that the property damage and mold growth is steadily increasing. Not only is the water itself weakening the structure of your home, the presence of mold means that .even the air you and your loved ones breathe may be a health hazard.
Mold can also quickly move throughout the home and gain a foothold on all sorts of organic materials from wood to drywall, from ceiling to floor. If left unattended, portions of the structure of the home could collapse from the combined damage caused both by water and mold.
Water damage is not something to be taken lightly or left unattended. It should be handled urgently before it becomes too late.
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