According to the statistical reports, every subsequent year water damage is experiencing a hike in the number of incidents taking place in households and business premises. Water damage appears to be an elementary issue but it is highly destructive in nature. Prolonged exposure to water and lead to decomposition of organic matter and disintegration of walls, roofs, dry walls, doors, windows and so on.
Do not try to switch on any electrical appliances during water damage; it might lead to a house fire or short-circuiting. The first action that you must take is to locate the source of water. The more water accumulated or leaked, the more destructive the consequences. Sometimes the source of water damage is distinctly evident while sometimes it is very tough to locate the source of water. In such cases, a quick solution can be to turn off the main power supply to inhibit further water accumulation or leakage. Never neglect water damage issues if the amount of water accumulated is high, contact a water damage company immediately for getting prompt and reliable assistance.
Common signs of water damage, to find the source:
The most distinct and foremost sign of water damage is that you might notice water accumulating somewhere unusually. It might be in your lawn, yard, washroom, kitchen area, crawl space. Immediately check leaks and punctures in pipers, tanks, roof and the surrounding region thoroughly. Inspect your appliances and washers also for leaks.
Usually, if any spot is exposed to water such as a wall or ceiling, you may notice a yellowish-brown or a greenish-patch being formed. In some cases, you will that the usual colour of the wall or the ceiling tends to appear lighter. You may inspect the region getting discoloured for water damage.
Texture also changes
If there is seepage in the floors, walls or ceiling you may notice the changes in the texture. It may expand, bulge out a little, sulk in or start sagging. Warping is also caused that leads to curling of edges due to sudden change in humidity or temperature.
Water damage is usually followed by mold and mildew damage that results in the spread of a very unpleasant odour. This unpleasant smell circulates very quickly in the surrounding rooms, even in the basement, kitchen and crawl space if the intensity is strong. Wherever you find the intensity to be the strongest, there is a very high possibility of that area being exposed to water damage primarily.
Always check under your electrical appliances and behind them for water accumulation. Nowadays, appliance malfunctions are very common usually water leaks for the refrigerator while defrosting, from air conditioners due to leakage or washing machines due to overloading. The bathtubs, tanks or washbasins may also cause water damage issues.
Ceilings and Flooring
Due to excessive precipitation or high humidity, the ceiling or crawl space may become rich in moisture content. Usually, the pipes installed are also in the vicinity of floors and ceilings, so they can be good indicators of water damage.
One must not waste time by trying out traditional methods, this will only increase the extent of damage and might lead to mould or mildew formation. Once if mould formation gets triggered it can grow exponentially in a time span of 24 hours to 48 hours. Moulds are very stubborn and it is very difficult to eradicate moulds. Moulds even lead to severe infections and respiratory hazards, if they are inhaled. If you are not confident about handling the situation instantly contact a water damage company for prompt services.