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Water damage can destroy your home and foster the growth of disease-causing pathogens. Water from flooding or undetected leaks can cause materials to shrink, split or delaminate. This may lead to floors warping, deterioration of walls, and costly structural damage. It can seep beneath molding and into flooring where it harbors the growth of mold, bacteria, and other harmful organisms. Flood restoration services can remove water that is difficult to detect and prevent further damage to your home and furnishings. Below are four signs you may need flood restoration services for your property.
Stains and Discolorations
Water stains on the walls or ceiling may be a sign of a leaking pipe. Changes in the color of wall paint, carpeting or the fabric of furnishings often indicate the materials have absorbed moisture. Rust or other stains on bathroom or kitchen fixtures and pipes, as well as water stains on the floor, are further signs of leakage. White or dark stains on carpet or wood, especially if it is damp, may be a sign of mold. Mold may also appear as brown or gray spots in the corners of your home if there is a significant amount of moisture in the air.
Soft Patches and Peeling
Drywall and wood readily absorbs moisture and are susceptible to water damage. Soft or swollen spots on walls are a sign that the material has begun to breakdown. You may also notice paint peeling, bubbling of wallpaper or drywall tape coming loose as moisture permeates the materials. Areas of flooring that do not feel firm when walked on should also be examined for moisture damage. Warping or buckling of floors is a sign that moisture has seeped underneath and has begun to deteriorate the materials. Similarly, wooden cabinetry in the bathroom or kitchen may feel spongy if leaking water has been absorbed by the materials.
Water Drips or Puddles
Drips and puddles are one of the most obvious signs you may need flood restoration services. Standing water near a hot water heater or puddles around the sink or toilet are a clear indication a pipe or water line has been compromised. Walls, cabinets, and other nearby structures should be inspected for damage. Pools of water in areas where no pipes are located may be a sign the roof is leaking. Standing water should be dried as quickly as possible to prevent further damage and the growth of disease-causing organisms.
If your home smells damp or musty, you may have a problem with mold. Water can remain hidden in crevices where it is difficult detect. Over time, mold and other harmful agents can grow in stagnant water or moist areas. This can be especially problematic for those who suffer from respiratory ailments. Spores from mold can worsen allergies and other respiratory illnesses. Some types of mold may be toxic and lead to severe health problems. If you notice signs of mold, you should schedule an inspection immediately.