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Learn How to Assess Slow Water Damage in Your Home

Handyman checking ceilingEven though water is vital for life, it could sometimes be the very bane in our homes. If there are floods in your region or have to deal with rising dampness from leaking pipes or water-soaked soil, you will have a hard time assessing and mitigating the water damage.

Before calling for water damage restoration experts in Long Island, New York, you need to estimate the damage to your home. Here are some pointers so you can do your preliminary water damage assessment accurately.

A Lingering Smell

The first sign of slow water damage is a lingering damp smell. The odor begins when water and bacteria seep into your walls and other parts of your house causing mildew to thrive. The smell can help you detect hidden water damage that you couldn’t identify by visual inspection.

The areas most prone to slow water damage are:

1. Ceilings
2. Walls (especially drywall and wood walls)
3. Floors (especially wood floors)
4. Attics
5. Areas behind appliances
6. The basement

Changing Texture of Fixtures

Dampness and slow water damage will make different fixtures expand and contract. Any changes in the texture of your floor, wall or ceiling should raise suspicions. Ideally, these parts of the house should remain in the same shape they were in when installed. Any buckling, sinking, warping or sagging should be a cause for concern.

Staining and Discoloration

Lastly, look for any discoloration or staining on your ceiling or walls. Water damage causes brown or yellow stains on surfaces. The paint will appear cracked or will peel  in the affected areas.

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Flooding and rapid water damage can be easy to detect if you know the signs. Slow dampness can be hard to detect, but mildew and molds from gradual water damage can help you find the areas you need to repair in your home.

  • Posted on May 15, 2018