Checking Your Home for Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Macon
Performing regular maintenance on your home is one of the best things you can do to keep it in a well-maintained condition, but have you thought about checking specifically for water damage? Water damage introduces problems you can see, but more dangerously, leads to structural problems that can become extreme with time.
It is wise to regularly check for water damage as part of your home maintenance so you can catch any issues early on. This not only lessens the damage that the moisture buildup can cause, making it easier to treat, but it can also reduce the overall amount you have to claim with your homeowner’s insurance.
Where to Check for Water Damage in Your Home
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Your home’s drywall is designed to hide many unsightly things, such as wiring and plumbing, but it can also hide water damage well too. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, signs of damage can be easy to spot. Bubbling paint, soft spots and discoloration are all common signs that there is an issue present.
Don’t forget to look down. The subfloor is designed to give your home a solid foundation, but it can also absorb water if moisture works its way down to the base of your room. If you notice issues with your floor, including buckling or waviness, there might be moisture within your subfloor that is causing it to swell and cause problems.
Inspect your roof. Your roof is always the biggest defender against water damage, so keeping it in good shape is a great thing to prioritize. Going outside with binoculars can teach you quite a bit about the condition of your roof, as you can check for loose or missing shingles, upended flashing and other areas where water might be likely to leak in.
Pay close attention to the basement. Letting your basement become musty is not just unpleasant—it can cause serious household issues, too. Water can seep in through your foundation walls or begin to infiltrate the basement with heavy rain, leading to mold and mildew growth in addition to structural issues with your foundation.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.