Water damage can occur all over your property. Interior and exterior factors can all contribute to how water interacts with your property and where water damage may occur. From small warning signs to full-blown disasters, here are 8 places to check for water damage on your property.
Drywall, in particular, is porous, this means that water particles if not completely dried can cause moisture buildup and penetrate the drywall surface. This can cause staining, discoloration or mold to grow on or behind the surface. Surfaces staining and mold can be easily wiped clean with a clean towel and cleaning solution, but these indications can warn you of a problem behind the walls that may need professional attention.
Pipes underneath flooring can leak or burst. If you notice your floor sagging, buckling or bulging, call a water damage professional to access the damage. Never try to lift or remove carpet that has been soaked in water, as the weight will be very heavy and may cause injury. A water damage professional can determine where the issue is and the extent of the damage that will need to be repaired.
The attic is often a space that is forgotten about but is one of the most likely places water damage can occur. The roof and attic can be vulnerable in places where water can get trapped and inevitably lead to leaks and rot of the structure. Check areas around the chimney and roof vents where water can enter the home, also look at the structure where the roof and walls meet. You want to make sure the insulation is dry, as insulation can absorb moisture, causing rot, mold growth and additional weight to the structure which can lead to additional damage.
From storing appliances such as water heaters and washing machines to the potential for flooding and foundation leaks, basements are susceptible to water damage. Checking your basement regularly after a rainstorm for flooding and moisture build-up, as well as, regular appliance maintenance can save you thousands.
Bathrooms are required by law to either have a fan or window for the purpose of providing ventilation to the room. Due to excess moisture buildup, bathrooms are one of the most obvious places on your property where water damage is likely to occur. Humid conditions and poor ventilation can cause rings, staining and mold and mildew to grow. Showers, tubs, toilets and sinks all store and use water. Don’t dismiss a leaky pipe, toilet or faucet as these little annoyances can turn into large problems.
Dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers can all cause significant damage. If your appliances are faulty or malfunctioning, repair or replacing the item will be more cost-effective than shelling out for water damage remediation and repair.
The grade of your property can affect how water flows throughout your property. Sprinkler systems can cause external damage to your property if not maintained. Broken or severed hoses can cause pooling of water which can lead to your home and wear at the foundation.
Philadelphia experiences the four seasons, from pollination and blooming plants in the spring to autumn losing its leaves, checking your gutters is key. If there are obstructions such as seeds, leaves or other debris in your gutters, it will affect how water moves throughout your property. Excess water weight can cause gutters to break, gutter dams can cause water to flood and push water toward the roof. Having your gutters cleaned in the spring and autumn seasons can help reduce water damage to your property.