Tuesday, August 21, 2012Water damage almost always presents itself in a uniquely identifiable way. Ceilings and drywall may stain, swell, or soften. Telltale lines may exist demonstrating where water ran down or across a given surface area. Even dried out locations where water once was will provide clear evidence of a water damage problem, such as circular stains or discolorations.
As with any case of water damage, the key is to find the source of the water problem and shut it off, plug it, or repair it in order to prevent any more water from coming in. Repairs serve very little purpose if the door remains open for water to continue to have access.
If there is condensation on the windows or doors, that is a clear sign that the seals have failed. These will need to be replaced in order to stop the leak. Window replacements vary when it comes to cost, but high quality double paned windows are preferred in order to keep the problem from recurring.
Stains on the ceiling are a clear indication that the roof has failed somewhere. However, the mistake that is most commonly made is thinking that the leak must be directly above the ceiling stain. This is many times not the case, since water may run along wooden beams or pipes for a considerable distance before flowing downward. It becomes necessary to go into the attic or upper crawlspaces and check the roof interior thoroughly for signs of leakage. If the light from outside is visible through the roof, that is one clear sign, but many times it may not be so obvious. Look instead for striations or other signs that water has run across a surface and trace the leak back to its source.
Overflowing gutter systems may also be a source of water leaks in the home. If a search of the roof does not turn up any signs of damage, the gutters should be checked to make sure they are unclogged and channeling water in the right direction. Overflowing gutters can send water down the sides of the exterior walls where it may gain access to the interior.
Leaks around appliances may almost always be traced back to the supply hoses running to or from the unit. Old or worn hoses should be replaced in favor of newer steel braided hoses, which are more expensive but also less prone to leak problems.
Source: Restoration Local
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