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 Water Damage

Water is amazing! It can be found all over the world and resides in just about every living thing.

However, water is also capable of doing a lot of damage. One leaky pipe can cause extensive wall damage that leads to an infestation of mold. Left unchecked, even a small amount of unwanted water – like condensation under your sink – can cause an unimaginable number of problems. 

Think your home has suffered water damage? We’ve gathered a list of things to watch for around your home. Better to be aware than discover it too late.

Drywall

Drywall covers studs and supports, making up most of our walls. Typically made from gypsum and remarkably easy to self-install it’s no wonder that it can be found in most homes and businesses in America.

However, when under the strain of water damage, drywall often shows these symptoms: 

  • Staining appears
  • Feels mushy to the touch
  • Appears to sag and may look “lumpy”
  • Cracks may form
  • Signs of mold occur on the drywall

Light Fixtures

Water leaking from a light fixture is a major issue and must be resolved quickly. If you find any symptoms of water damage, immediately switch off the electricity and wait for an expert to arrive.

  • Visible stains around the light fixture
  • Potential cracks around the base of the fixture
  • The base of the fixture feels “mushy” to the touch
  • Water leakage from around the fixture
  • Pooling water on floor beneath fixture

Studs

Wall studs are hidden behind the drywall and are the stable support in your home or business. But when pipes burst or leak within those walls, water damage rots away at these wooden supports to eventually degrade the homes structural stability.

One of the most concerning problems that comes with water damage on the studs inside the walls is the mold that nearly always accompanies it. The mold grows and feeds on the rotting wood – eventually leading to an emergency replacement of the stud.

Here is what you should look for if you believe that your wall studs may have some water damage:

  • Visible stains on the wood
  • Signs of mold on, and in the wood
  • Visible sections of rotting wood

Insulation

Insulation protects your home from the elements and sudden changes in temperature. When affected by water damage, the signs to look for are fairy obvious: 

  • Obvious stains on or around the insulation
  • Visible sagging of the insulation 
  • Discoloration of the insulation

Carpet & Carpet Padding

Carpet and the carpet padding are prime breeding grounds for mold when affected with water damage. Here are some signs to look for:

  • Visible stains on the surface
  • Musty or pungent smell around carpet/padding 
  • Water still present around area

Wood

As with wall studs, wooden items in your home as susceptible to water damage and display similar symptoms. If you suspect water damage on your wooden items, here is what to look for:

  • Visible stains on the wood
  • Signs of mold on the wood 
  • Visible sections of rotting wood

Paint

Paint makes the home colorful and vibrant! But when water damage sets in, it can make a beautiful thing unsightly and potentially hazardous to your health and your home’s integrity.

Here is what to look out for if you suspect water damaged paint:

  • Bubbling or chipping paint
  • Warped portions of the wall
  • Visible stains on the paint
  • Visible mold growth

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