Water can be a beautiful thing. But it can be a very nasty thing, too.
While water is an essential for life, it brings a high price tag when
gone unchecked and allowed to seep, leak, and drain into your Azusa home.
Damage caused by water can cause structural problems in a building and
destruction of its contents. When left unchecked – over time –
water damage can lead to mold growth and have a serious affect on building
The destructive forces of water leave telltale signs throughout a building.
Let’s look at some.
Wood damage – water can saturate wood, causing it to rot and decay.
Check for discolored wood around plumbing fixtures, a sure sign of an
ongoing or older leak that has since been repaired. Just because a
leak has been fixed, the after-effects can linger. Soft or uneven surfaces
around a plumbing fixture are a sure indication of water damage. Pull
back carpeting, pads, tiling, or flooring to get to the root of the problem.
- Drywall damage – porous material like drywall can leave many signs
of water damage and, like wood, can be seriously degraded by water damage.
Check for discoloration around plumbing fixtures and soft spots. Don’t
assume that a dry surface that is stained is not a structural problem.
You may have to cut out the drywall to reach the true source of the water damage.
- Ceiling tile stains – a sure sign that water is coming in from a
source above a roof or ceiling. Ceiling tiles are a porous material that
are great for showing every little bit of moisture or water that comes
in contact with them. The same is true with plaster or drywall ceilings.
Stains indicate a more serious problem and should be investigated right away.
- Damp, musty smells – water can leave some unpleasant odors, especially
untreated water. Leaks or standing water are a source for higher humidity
levels in a home. If you are standing in an area where water has soaked
into floors or walls, there is often a damp, humid smell. Don’t
mistake it for high humidity levels in the home. The smell can come from
hidden sources like a leaking pipe joint or broken valve behind an access door.
Mold build-up – wood and drywall surfaces provide great food for
mold growth when saturated with water. The mold can be of a harmless nature
but often can become dangerous black mold. When black mold spores are
airborne they can cause respiratory problems and even worse, medial problems
down the road. Look for unusual clusters of mold in damp areas and if
you find some, immediately call a
professional plumber to suggest clean-up and to repair the source of the water leak.
There are many signs of water leakage in the home, caused by leaking or broken
pipes, dripping faucets from worn-out washers, cracks in the walls and foundations
allowing ground and rain water to seep in, etc. Find and fix the source
immediately or pay even higher costs in repair later on.