After the great Texas winter storm of 2021, homeowners are worried about water damage in their homes now more than ever. While water damage can come at any time, you are most susceptible to it after a storm such as a hurricane, winter storm, tornado, etc. Many people experienced damaged roofs, busted pipes, and leakage from the storm. Water damage also has the added effect of multiplying the damage as time goes on. When water gets into your roof or walls it can lead to serious consequences and damage your furniture, carpet, and other parts of your home.
If you are concerned that your home may be suffering from water damage, here are 6 signs to pay attention to.
The most obvious sign of water damage is water leaking through your roof or walls. This can be caused by a number of factors such as:
Leakage in areas like windows, baseboards, roofs, and walls can all be signs of extensive water damage. It should be noted that if you spot any of these items, you should immediately try to catch the falling water or contain it. Failing to do so, can lead to massive damage. Don’t be hesitant to call a professional to look at any potential water damage.
Over time water may pool around a certain spot on your ceiling. When this happens, it will leave a stained area on your ceiling. Usually, it will be a brownish circle because the paint will have been discolored. However, once you have identified stains in your ceiling or walls, that is only half the battle. Now you have to locate the source that is causing the water damage. Most of the time, this is caused by a damaged roof. It can be as simple as a large crack in a shingle, or a more extensive hole that lets the water pour in. Check for moisture leaking through your siding or for pipes that generate moisture.
Mold is one of the most harmful substances you can be exposed to. Mold can show itself in a couple of ways. First, mold has a foul, musty smell that will persist. Second, mold can appear as colored spots surfacing around your home (although most of the time mold spots will be black, you may find brown, gray, green, and other colors). Third, mold can affect your health causing you to experience: sore throat, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, irritated eyes, congestion, and general ill feelings.
Depending on the situation, you may need extensive help getting mold out of your house as it can spread quickly through areas filled with moisture. These areas can be basements, roofs, showers, kitchen areas, in-between walls, and more damp-filled places. Oftentimes, if left unchecked, water damage can easily turn into fast-growing mold.
There are a couple of reasons why your paint may be coming off your walls. However, one of the most severe cases would be water damage. When bubbling or peeling occurs, this is due to the paint not sticking to the surface that it was painted on. Meaning, something is blocking that paint from bonding with your wall. To know if it’s water damage, search for any water around the area and feel for any liquid behind the paint. More often than not, water will be visible around the area and may even be accompanied by stains.
Last, but not least, if you have drywall that is wet and soggy you most likely have extensive water damage. Whether from a storm, broken water pipe, or something else, you need to get this fixed as soon as possible! Not only is it a danger to your family, but it can even spread to other areas of the home. You may need new siding or a new roof or a serious leak to be fixed.
Do you think you have water damage? Don’t wait to find out before it’s too late! You don’t want to put your family and home at risk. Seek out a professional with Galaxy Construction and Roofing to help you address your water damage. Contact us today to see how we can help you!