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5 Signs Your Home Has Water Damage

As a homeowner, you may have the unfortunate pleasure of occasionally dealing with leaks and floods as well as the resulting water damage. According to Forbes, one in every 50 homeowners files a water damage claim each year. Keep an eye out for these five signs of damage and call a restoration company if you notice them.

1. Water Spots

Whether a pipe’s leaking in your wall or your roof sprung a leak, there’s a good chance there’ll be a visible stain as a result. Water usually leaves yellow stains on drywall, so look for any stains on your walls and ceilings.

2. Mold

Do you have a mold problem in your home? Mold thrives in moist, dark areas, so leaks and floods often result in mold growth. If you notice mold growing on your walls, your carpets, or your ceiling, there’s a good chance you have some type of underlying moisture problem.

3. Mildew Smell

You might not see any mold in your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t smell it. If you notice a mildew smell in your home, you probably have a moisture problem, especially if that smell is stronger in one part of your house.

4. Soft Spots

When leaks and floods saturate drywall, laminate, or wood flooring, they can soften these building materials quite a bit. Have you noticed a spot where the floor feels soft or the wall or ceiling has a sort of mushy feel? If so, call a professional for an inspection.

5. Warping or Buckling

Built-up moisture in wood and drywall can eventually cause it to buckle and warp. Drywall should lie flat across the studs, and the drywall on your ceiling should be flat as well. If you notice any spots where drywall is starting to bend or warp, moisture is the most likely culprit. You might also notice your hardwood floors starting to warp or buckle if you have an underfloor leak.

Keeping your home in good shape requires a vigilant eye and a lot of work. The good news is that you don’t have to clean up the damage from leaks and floods on your own. If you need a water damage inspection and restoration, give Quick Response Restoration a call today.

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