Water damage is often overlooked as a minor problem by the homeowner. Water damage can encourage mold growth which can cause health issues when exposed to it. Mold and wood rots can spread fast to other areas of the house as a result of the water damage. It is important to learn how to spot water damage so that you can fix it early and prevent more serious damage from occurring. The following are 3 tips on how to spot water damage.
1. Water Stain
The easiest way to spot water damage is the water stain or color discoloration that appears on the ceiling, wall, and floor. A water stain is an indication that there is leaking above possibly from a faulty appliance installed above. It could be a plumbing problem such as leaking on pipe, damaged caulking in a shower, and damaged shower pan. If not, it could be holes in the roof, for example, cracked or missing shingles. Water stain problems can get worse when there is heavy rain so it is important to quickly seek help from a plumber.
2. Mold Growth
Mold will appear in any area that has been damped for at least 2 days. They often appear as black or green spots on the ceiling and wall. Sometimes, they can appear in hidden places such as behind the wall or underneath the floorboards. Even a little bit of leaking can cause mold growth. As soon as you detect mold growth, you should quickly remove it from your house. This is because it will keep reproducing new spores in the air that spread throughout the house.
Some houses have an HVAC duct connected in all the rooms and if one mold is found in one room, the mold can travel through the HVAC duct to the other rooms. The best way to stop mold growth is to contact a restoration company that provides mold remediation service. The plumber will first detect the source of the water. Once the source of water is detected, the plumber will fix the leaks and dry the flooded area. A small mold problem can be removed by using a tile grout. For larger mold problem, the entire wall or structure has to be pulled down and rebuilt.
3. Soft Spot
A soft spot is an indication of rot in the floor, ceiling, or wall. It means that the water is leaking nearby for some time. The floor with a soft spot will feel soft and spongy. There may also be water stains and a musty odor of mold nearby. Soft spots can also develop when there is water damage in the plywood sheeting below the roofing. This can happen because the plywood has been exposed to harsh weather such as summer, rainstorms, and cold winter over time. Usually, there are more than one soft spot on the roof. A soft spot is not to be treated lightly. At first glance, it is not anything serious but it could also be an indication of a major leak.