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Home Areas to Inspect to Prevent Water Damage

Every home has an abundance of potential areas where damaging leaks can originate ranging from the roof to the basement. It’s not just water pipes that can cause problems for homeowners. Checking for leaks can be a time-consuming task, but the alternative is often water damage that goes undetected for months.

Under Cabinets

Pipe joints can loosen over time and plumbing can become eroded. Check under sinks in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms to see if the space is dry.

Puddling

For many homeowners, the first sign of trouble is a small puddle of water that has no discernable source. The most common areas are around the base of tubs, showers, and toilets. Other areas in which puddling occurs is under clothes washers, water heaters, and dishwashers.

Attics

Damage to a roof can occur and lead to leaks that can continue for months before they’re detected. Checking the attic after a rain is the best way to determine if there’s a leak. If the leak has been occurring for some time, there will be residual areas of discolored wood in support beams even if it hasn’t rained recently.

Ceilings, Walls, Baseboards

If homeowners observe warping, peeling, sagging, or discoloration along baseboards, on ceilings, or on walls – there’s an above-average chance that there’s a leak. It could be originating from the roof or water pipes.

Water Meter

Rising water bills and increased usage are a good indicator that there’s a leak – assuming that the utility hasn’t recently increased rates. A leak could be originating from inside the house, but irrigation systems, outdoor faucets and underground pipes can also develop leaks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household of four shouldn’t use more than 12,000 gallons of water per month.

Vigilance

A new home is less likely to encounter problems than one that’s older. Homes with plumbing and water systems that are 20 years of age or older are on the back side of their life expectancy and more likely to develop leaks. However, individuals should remain vigilant from the moment they take possession of their home and seek the services of a professional if they suspect a problem.

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5 Ways to Identify Water Damage

Water damage is seldom an immediately noticeable occurrence. It typically happens over an extended amount of time. It’s only when the damage has become extensive and widespread that individuals realize they have a problem. However, there are early signs that can be detected by observant individuals. The following are five ways to identify water damage.

Stains

If left long enough, water from roof leaks will drip down and begin to discolor ceiling materials and even walls. Individuals should use caution if their ceilings or walls are becoming discolored, as it may be mold that’s causing the staining – as a result of a water leak. All mold needs to thrive and expand is warmth, darkness, and moisture.

Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings

A change in the appearance of walls, floors or ceilings is never good news. Water damage can manifest in several ways. Paint may begin to sag or peel and floors and ceilings can begin to bow or warp. The trim around doors and windows may exhibit bowing and there can be visible breaks and cracks in caulk lines.

Unusual or Musty Odors

Molds and bacteria have a gassing off effect as they grow that’s responsible for what’s described as a musty smell. It’s a definite giveaway that mold is growing somewhere in the structure. Mold isn’t the only substance that may cause unpleasant odors. There are a great many modern building materials that emit an undesirable or unusual odor when they get wet.

Increased Utility Bills

Leaks and water damage can affect utility bills in various ways. When the leak is the result of a faulty appliance or pipe, water bills can increase. Roof leaks can saturate insulation, rendering it ineffective and electric bills will increase as cooling units become less efficient.

Water Sounds

Listen for the sounds of dripping, running water, or a hissing sound. The sounds will be most obvious when a home or business is quiet and no water is being used. Structures make a wide variety of creaks, groans and moans as they settle at night due to temperature fluctuations – but the sound of water isn’t one of them.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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