Scoping out your home for water damage can be pretty tricky - especially if you aren't exactly sure what to look for. Whether your Tampa, Florida, home is modern or ancient, the threat of water damage is the same. Some signs of destruction are evident, while others can be so subtle they eventually creep up on you.
Here are six signs of water damage in your home:
1. Water stains
Discoloration, stains on the ceilings or walls, a damp carpet: All are telltale signs of water damage. Chances are there's a hidden leak caused by a cracked pipe that is now leaking. Contact your local Roto-Rooter professional, and have him or her check it out.
2. Mold growth
Mold growth is a crystal-clear sign of water damage, and it's also bad for your health, so get this checked out right way. Moisture could be lurking behind the walls or hidden in your pipes, so be sure to contact an expert to help locate where the damage originates from.
3. Warping or buckling
Another clear sign of water damage is warping or buckling of the floors and walls. Drywall or wood absorbs the leaking water, swells up and then warps over time. Buckling can be easily seen by the untrained eye or felt by running your hand over the wall or floor.
4. Crumbling or rotting wood
Check the area around your windows. If you notice the wood looks a bit crumbly, this is another clear sign of water infiltration. You'll want to check your baseboards, too. Once the water is absorbed into the wood, the material starts to dry. As it dries, it will crumble, rot and eventually deteriorate altogether.
5. Foul smell
While water damage may be able to hide in plain sight, definitely trust your nose. If you start to smell something funky, chances are the damage is done and water unwillingly invited itself into your home. If you frequently experience the scent of general dampness or mildew, call a plumber before the situation worsens.
6. Corroded pipes
If you happen to spot any corrosion around the pipe connections in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and basement, water damage may slowly start to occur if it hasn't already. While you're at it, check the caulking around your bathroom fixtures. Water flow can cause the caulking to break apart and escape into the creases. Be on the lookout for missing grout or signs of mold here, too.
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