When you have water damage in your home or business, it’s natural to assume the warning signs will be obvious. The signs associated with water leaks are often apparent, but water from a flood or an on-going leak can disappear long before you realize there is an issue. Contacting a reputable restoration company is the best way to identify water leaks, evaluate any water damage, and restore the structure to pre-damage condition. Legion Property Restoration is available 24/7 for emergency water extraction, so you never have to wait for service until the next business day. With years of experience and training, we use specialized equipment to efficiently and effectively diagnose commercial and residential water damage.
A professional water damage inspection will give you peace of mind and a full picture of restoration and reconstruction following a flood or other water event. Our technicians even handle water damage restoration and reconstruction after extensive water damage to homes and businesses. We work directly with insurance companies to deliver accurate claims for damage to your property. Water damage moves fast, but so does our team! Contact us for water damage services you can count on.
COMMON SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE
It can be difficult to know if your home or business has water damage. Water moves with stealth, seeping into crevices and any place it can. Water damage disasters can quickly get out of control due to hidden or concealed pockets of moisture that go undiscovered. Aside from pooling or trickling water, the following includes common signs your home or business may require an inspection for water damage.
One of the first signs of water damage is a musty smell, sometimes described as smelling similar to wet cardboard. As the water-damaged area sits unrepaired, mold and mildew begin to grow, providing a malodorous telltale sign of water damage somewhere in your structure.
Flooring often changes texture when it has been subjected to water damage.
- Warping: Gaps between floorboards or curling at the edges are caused by changes in the surrounding temperature and humidity.
- Buckling: Common in wood floors, one side of the wood becomes detaches from the substrate and faces upward or tents.
- Sagging: As water seeps into the subflooring of all flooring material, it can cause the flooring above to sag. In hardwood floors, as wood begins to rot due to water damage, it will feel spongy or have soft spots.
- Expansion: As wood and laminate flooring absorb too much water, the material swells, causing expansion before eventually separating.
Interior Water Damage
The interior can receive water damage from structural or exterior issues along with internal water leaks. Nearly any part of the interior could be affected by water damage depending on the source of the water leak. Leaking plumbing, shower pans, and water lines can affect the interior walls, flooring and crawl spaces that you don’t typically see, while water leaks from appliances, showers, toilets, and around roofs, windows and doors often affect floors, ceilings and outer walls.
Water damage causes discoloration to walls, floors and ceilings as the material begins to rot. The stain from leaking water can be brown, copper, or yellow, and may or may not be wet to the touch. Rust can sometimes signal water damage but more often indicates potential future problems with a water heater, pipes, and/or bathroom fixtures.
Effects of Water Damage
A water damage inspection will reveal the true effects of a water disaster to your home or business. One area might not be affected the same way a neighboring room may be.
Structual Water Damage
Structural damage affects the core of your home, such as the roof and load-bearing walls. Leaning windows and door frames often signal structural weakness in a home or business. Floods weaken the structure by stressing metal fasteners and load-bearing beams, possibly causing them to buckle. Water damage contractors can tell you the extent of structural damage to the home or business during a water damage inspection.
Exterior Water Damage
Water damage to the exterior of a building can be caused by improper landscape drainage or if the gutters don’t carry runoff water away from the home or business. Water that pools next to your home or business can seep inside, causing more damage. Also, a roof with damaged flashing and/or cracked, curled, or missing shingles is at risk for leaking, causing water damage to the interior.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND WATER OR FLOOD DAMAGE
After the water has receded, there are several steps you can take to help remediate the situation, including the following. We’re available 24/7 for emergency water removal services — contact us day or night!
1. Turn off the power
After a flood or water damage, electrical wiring and/or devices and appliances pose a risk of electrical shock. Even if the power to the home or business is off, it could surge when turned back on by the power company. Be sure to unplug nearby electrical appliances or devices, and turn off the breaker to the affected area.
2. Wear protective clothing before entering a damaged area.
Wildlife, such as snakes, reptiles, and rodents, can seek refuge during and following a flood. Take precautions against airborne contaminants with a vapor respirator and eye protection when in the area.
3. Call a water damage restoration company
Legion Property Restoration can quickly get control of an emergency flood or water leak and begin to salvage nearby items. We also provide storage services for your belongings while we restore the affected area.