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Detecting Water Damage In Your Home in Plymouth/Wareham

4/15/2017 (Permalink)

Tips That Detect Water Damage In Your Home
For residential homes in the US, the national average of water wasted is 10,000 gallons of water per year, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water damage is caused by undetected plumbing leaks. Overall, water damage repairs contribute to a substantial amount of loss of property if the proper steps are not put into place to remedy the damages in a timely fashion. So how do you know if your plumbing is in danger of water damage due to an undetected plumbing leak?

TIP 1. VISIBLE WATER
The most obvious sign to look for that indicates a leak and water damage is if you can visibly see the water and it is pooled in an area. Visible water collecting in any area can cause water damage that requires immediate attention before a larger problem incurs.

TIP 2. STRANGE SOUNDS

Some water damage can go on undetected by your eyes which is why it is important to pay attention to what you hear. Any out of the ordinary sounds may indicate a leak, including dripping water, rushing water, and creaking or bowing floorboards. This is caused by the destructive processes of rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, and materials like plywood delaminating.

TIP 3. ODD SMELLS
Water leaks can hide in your home silently and hidden from plain sight, so using your sense of smell can help you determine any problems to your internal plumbing. A big clue to hidden moisture is investigating any distinct musk scented odors. These can usually be noticed without any aid from tools.

TIP 4. COLD ENVIRONMENT & DAMP SPOTS
A home can often be affected by damp walls, from water and moisture collecting over time. This in turn may cause your home to feel cold. This is due to damp spots that cause heat to be drawn out of the walls.

TIP 5. DISCOLORATION & MOLD
Other visible indications of water damage or pipe leaks in your plumbing are any discoloration in the drywall as well as streaks that appear to look like water spilled (this can point to an overflowing gutter). Finding mold or mildew collecting during an inspection around your home, which also causes a strong musty odor is a sure way to detect water damages caused by a leak.

Specialists at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, an industry leading company who specialize in restoration services for damages caused by water, fire, mold, and storms, have determined the best course of action for detecting water damage before they happen.