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What are some signs of water damage?

Wet carpetThere are many obvious signs of water damage, including burst pipes, an overflowing toilet, water heater failure and sump pump failure. However, don’t forget about the possibility of a hidden water leak. These can silently damage your home. Tracing a hidden water leak can be difficult, but it is necessary to take steps to avoid the potential damage that a water leak can cause.

As a homeowner, you can detect signs of water damage with these five tips from Roto-Rooter:

  1. Examine the Walls

    Check your walls, as well as ceilings and window and door frames for water damage signs. Also look for stains or cracks on your drywall and any area that may be soft or swollen.

  2. Investigate the Floors

    Check your floors, especially in the basement, for signs of buckling. Any indication of warped flooring usually means water damage is present. Also, be aware of stains on your carpeting or wood flooring. Damp flooring could serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

  3. Survey the Pipes

    Inspect piping in your laundry room, bathroom, basement and kitchen for water stains. Make sure you also survey your water heater for rust on the tank and damp spots on the floor.

  4. Check the Attic and the Roof

    Pay attention to the areas where your roof’s decking boards meet, inspect the areas around chimneys and vents, and where the roof comes together with the walls. Make sure that the insulation throughout your attic is in good condition and is dry.

  5. Analyze the Exterior

    Investigate your roof for missing shingles and monitor any standing water. Examine the valleys in your roof and the flashing around chimneys and vents. Make sure your roof gutters aren’t pulling away from the edge of your house. 

The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable plumbing and water restoration services from Roto-Rooter. Call us when you notice the signs of water damage, and we will send a specialist to get your home back into working order as soon as possible.

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