Not being able to identify the signs of water damage in your home can lead to a very stressful and frustrating water damage restoration process. If you are able to spot the signs early, you might save yourself the cost and property damage. Wondering what water damage can do to a house? It’s time to find out!
1. Weakened and wet floorboards
If you are looking for signs of water damage in a house you are trying to buy or inspecting your own home, one of the best places to check are the floorboards in the living area. This is particularly important for homes with multiple levels. Due to the fact that most plumbing runs through the walls of the home, when there is water damage you can notice it from wet patches on your floorboards in rooms that are nowhere near a water source. Additionally, if the water damage has been occurring for a while, you may find that the flooring is weaker in some parts than others.
2. Cracked walls
Just like the floorboards, damaged plumbing resulting in unknown water flow can lead to cracks in the walls of your home. If you have the opportunity to get the blueprint of the house or you know where the plumbing runs through, you can examine the walls around those areas for cracks. While some wall cracks may be as a result of termite infections, sometimes they are the telltale signs of water damage.
Sometimes, you may find that your roof is leaking, and that tells you is that there is most likely water damage in your plumbing system as the pipes could result in water flowing to your roof, which would result in leaks. If you spot leaks in any part of your home that doesn’t have a plumbing output fixture, you should definitely get professional water damage restorations service.
4. Loose basement floors
The basement is probably the least thoroughly examined part of any home, either during purchase inspection or renovation. However, if the house has experience water damage, the basement is one of the best places to find out. Just like the floorboards in the living area, if the basement has loose, weakened, or wet floors, the chances are there is major water damage in the building.
5. Clogged plumbing
Plumbing fixtures and outputs like taps, sinks, baths, and toilet systems should operate smoothly, unless there is water damage. Water damage in a house can lead to clogged plumbing, which may interfere with how your plumbing fixtures operate. If you notice that the outflow or control of your plumbing is problematic, then there may be clogging that interprets to water damage in some other part of the house.
If you can’t find the source of the clog or water damage in your house, you should get a professional plumber to take a look and conduct possible water damage restoration.