TOP SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE AT HOME
Whether you’re considering buying or selling a home, or just evaluating your current home, it's essential to know the signs of potential water damage. Water damage from a flood, fire, or variety of leaks can cause structural problems and lead to the development of mold, which presents a health risk. Continue reading for tips from ServiceMaster Restore professionals on what signs to look out for on determining if a home has suffered water damage.
LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE:
• Check to see if the home or structure sits on the property's highest point, with the ground sloping away from the house. If it doesn't, water damage to the foundation may occur as water accumulates on the sides of your home and seeps in.
• Walk around the exterior of the house. Check for downspouts that divert water away from the home and gutters that are intact and properly attached.
• Look for missing or cracked shingles on your roof. A leaking roof or missing/broken flashing can lead to leakage in the attic, which may lead to ceiling water damage. This roof damage may seem like a minor cosmetic issue, but it may become a prime entryway for water into your home when storms hit.
• Look at all the exterior windows or door frames. Is there any separation? Are there soft spots that may indicate window leaks? A slight separation could lead to humidity in your house, which may lead to mold.