Tuesday, January 14, 2020

4 Tell-Tale Signs of Water Damage

How Can I Tell If I Have Water Damage?

Water can cause substantial damage to your home or business, especially when it’s left undetected and untreated. Because water damage can lead to costly consequences, you must be proactive when you suspect this type of damage to your home or business 

Here’s what you should be on the lookout for. 

1. Stains or Mold

Stains and mold are the most obvious indications of water damage, indicating the presence of a slow but persistent leak. The following visual signs may indicate the presence of mold or a leak:
  • Irregularly shaped yellowish-brown stains
  • Usually found in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms
  • Small clusters of blue, grey, or black spots

Mold is very toxic and can pose significant health concerns for your family and your pets, and should be addressed right away.

2. Foul Odors

Unusual smells and odors are other indications that you may have water damage. Musty odors as a result of water damage often smell similarly to wet cardboard or even mildew. This smell is generally the strongest around the area affected by water damage. 

Damp areas are a breeding ground for foul and musty odors. When you notice a damp, musty smell, take a moment to inspect the area for other signs of a leak. 

3. Discoloration of Walls and Ceilings

When damage is present in the home, walls, and ceilings can all change colors. Usually, the color is dark yellow or brown. If you live in a two-story home and begin to notice brown spots on your ceiling, that’s a sign of water leaks. Take action immediately when you begin to see a discoloration of your walls or ceilings.

4. Higher Water and Sewage bills

If you notice a sudden spike in your utility or sewage bills, it may also be an indication of a leak in your home. It is important to compare your water bill to previous months, factoring in any recent changes in your home that may account for this change. 

When having company for extended periods of time or a change in seasons can cause your water bill to fluctuate, an unusual spike can indicate a plumbing issue. Check the following areas of your home for indications of a leak:
  • Toilets
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

If you do not see any visible signs of a leak around your appliances, there may be an issue behind your walls with your pipes. 

Indoor Water Damage Evaluations in Suffolk County

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration visually surveys and tests for water damage at a reasonable rate. If you suspect that there may be a problem in the home or building, call us to schedule your indoor evaluation at 631-940-8100. 

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