Water damage isn’t always as obvious as massive flooding in your basement or water dripping from your ceiling. If you have water damage in your home or business property, the sooner you catch it, the less destructive, dangerous, and expensive it will be. It’s best to know what exactly water damage looks like to catch it before it gets bad.
Here Are 5 Ways To Tell If You Have Water Damage:
Stains On Ceiling, Walls, or Floors
If you see dark spots, brown or yellow stains, or anything similar on your ceiling, walls, or floors, there is a good chance that it is due to water damage. The lighter the stain, the older it is. Regardless of the color, it is vital to get it addressed right away as water damage to your ceiling, walls, or floors can mean there is also mold damage.
Higher Than Normal Water Bills
A good tell that you have water leaking or dripping somewhere at your property is if your water bill is higher than it normally is. Keep an eye on your water bill every cycle to make sure things look in order!
Cracking, Flaking, Peeling or Bubbling Walls or Paint
Seeing cracks, flakes, or peeled or bubbled paint could mean there is water behind the surface trying to make its way through. Without a moisture meter or breaking through your wall, floors, or ceiling, this is a sign of water damage.
If you smell something musty, moldy, or wet in your home or business that isn’t normally there, there could mean that there is at the least water damage but also an early sign of mold from water damage.
Mold can look different depending on the situation, but mold can only grow from water present. If you’re seeing mold at your property, take action right away as mold is dangerous to the health of you and anyone else at your property.
What to do after you discover water damage
After you discover any of the above things at your property (or if you have obvious water damage), it is best to leave the risks behind and call a water damage restoration company right away. They will be able to come out, day or night, to begin the water damage restoration process. In the meantime, find the source of the water damage and do what you can to prevent any further damage. You can do this by placing a bucket under a leak, shutting off your water, or moving your valuables away from the water.
Water damage should never be cleaned by yourself as there are countless health and safety issues that correlate with water damage for someone without the proper qualifications and equipment. Rhode Island Restoration is available 24/7 for emergency water damage restoration services to the entire state of Rhode Island. We have over 18 years of experience and a full team of restoration professionals who are trained and qualified to handle any water damage, large or small.