Water Damage Checklist: Protecting Your Home BEFORE Disaster Strikes
Life is busy and we all go about our days without a thought of potential water damage to our homes. And usually, there is nothing of concern going on however an occasional check of your home can prevent water and mold damage from becoming a big problem.
Here are some things to look out for:
Check your floors.
If you have wood floors, look for any warping, discoloration or buckling. Tiles might crack or have mildew on the caulk. Look for buckling or cracked linoleum, which can allow water to seep to the sub-floor. Carpets with water damage are easy to identify- they will be wet and have a musty smell.
2. Look for Stains
Water stains are a big clue that there is a leaking pipe. Stains on ceilings and walls are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Also look for cracks and peeling paint in drywall. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.
3. Take a walk around the outside
In particular, focus on your gutters and drainage. Do you see any pools of water or areas of erosion? Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Also check your roof for any broken shingles or distorted flashing.
By discovering any potential water damage problems sooner than later, you can avoid costly damage to your home.