Recognizing the signs of water damage
Water can cause extensive damage when left unresolved. Within an hour to a day damage to your home will begin. Recognizing the early signs of water damage will keep the cost of restoration down and the extent of damage to the structure of your home and contents. In some cases, the water damage can be hidden behind walls and under flooring. Inspecting older pipes and plumbing fixtures is a proactive measure to reduce the chance of a water leak. Listed below are a few things to look for when water damage is present.
- Changes to flooring, walls, or ceilings.
- Visible stains that may appear on walls, flooring, and ceilings
- Musty smells are a sign of moisture that can cause mold growth
- Utility bills that have increased with no known cause
- Sounds of running water under the home
- Paint that is cracking or flaking off
- Puddles of water from unknown cause
Nothing can destroy a home faster than water. Insulation, plywood, subflooring, and wood studs can degrade and set up rot. The rot is caused by high moisture levels and set up fungus that destroys the wood. Dry rot is one of the most serious forms of rot that can manifest itself in property and, if left untreated, it can cause potentially irreversible damage to your home. The effect and extent of water damage to a home is a very time sensitive situation.
At SERVPRO of the Quad Cities we are highly trained Water Damage Specialists. We specialize in extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end.
Instead of waiting for a catastrophic water event be proactive and do not wait for repairs. SERVPRO is a 24 hours emergency service faster to any size Disaster. We are locally owned and operated servicing our area with highly trained technicians.