Water damage can be tricky. When you’re not able to detect dripping water, or you paint over a brown stain and check the problem off your list because everything looks okay, that “out of sight, out of mind” approach may come back to haunt you.
For example, let’s say the icemaker in your refrigerator breaks, and later that evening you notice a drip coming from your basement ceiling. Even once the icemaker is fixed and the water cleaned up, mold can start growing and linger in the ceiling tiles. Similarly, a leak may cause mold in carpet padding, drywall, or other surfaces to grow, even when everything “looks” okay. Since it takes only 24 to 48 hours for mold to develop, the quicker––and more thorough––the response to a leak, the better.
Signs of Water Damage
Some signs of water damage, such as puddles or the sound of running water when your faucets or fixtures are turned off, are obvious. Others can be easier to miss, such as spots on the wall or ceiling, flaking or cracking drywall, or a musty smell. An increase in your utility bill that you cannot otherwise explain may also point to a hidden leak.
Ways to Prevent Water Damage
Your best defense against water damage is prevention. DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization that Shambaugh’s Cleaning & Restoration is apart of, recommends taking the following regular preventive measures:
- Inspect and clean the gutters twice a year.
- Maintain the roof, especially after a hailstorm.
- Seal the basement to prevent groundwater seepage.
- Guard against frozen pipes with insulation and heat tape.
- Clean out your drains and plumbing lines to prevent backups.
- Take care of your plumbing fixtures and appliances.
What To Do When You Need Water Damage Repair
Even with the best planning and maintenance measures, however, floods and leaks can still happen. That’s when you need the help of a restoration expert, such as Shambaugh’s Cleaning & Restoration. We are your trusted guide to saving your possessions, protecting your indoor air quality, and preserving the structural integrity of your home. We work to make sure you’re treated fairly by your insurance company and get your money’s worth.
Has water damage sneaked up on you? Shambaugh can help get your home back in prime condition.