Signs That You May Be Dealing With Water Damage

Author:Vikram Kumar

If you are committed to having a dry basement you know that this can be quite a challenge. Even new homes can have issues that may cause water damage and older homes may have had issues that have allowed moisture to build up for years. Here are a few tips that you can use to maintain a dry basement and to handle any water damage that may have taken place in the past.

Learning how to recognize water damage can be one of the best first steps to establishing a dry basement. Signs of water damage can help you find where water may be coming in so that you can successfully establish a dry basement. It can also be a way of diagnosing water damage that may have been caused by an internal water leak as well.

Water damage can occur for many reasons. Some, such as an overflowing laundry tub or a large spill can be avoided or may be obvious and get cleaned up and addressed quickly. Other sources of water damage may be slower, harder to notice and may lead to serious issues such as the growth of mold and mildew or structural damage that can destroy your home from the ground up.

Water stains are a clear sign that water damage is occurring. You should look for these when trying to establish a dry basement. Water stains from water damage can occur on walls, ceilings and around doors and windows. Darkened areas are a good sign that water damage has occurred and will allow you to find out where water is entering your home. Then, you can repair areas where water is infiltrating and this can help you create the dry basement you want.

Another sign that water damage may have occurred is the smell of moisture. This can be caused by the growth of mold and mildew. That same mold and mildew may cause breathing problems, allergic reactions and other health issues. A dry basement can be fantastic for someone with breathing problems or for someone who has a compromised immune system.

If you are noticing that your floor is uneven this is a sign that water damage has occurred and will need to be corrected while you are creating a dry basement. If water infiltrates wooden flooring it can cause the wood to swell and split over time. A dry basement will have a floor that is even and comfortable to walk on. Correcting the source of the water infiltration can help make your floor more comfortable to walk on as it will no longer buckle and swell or, in the case of carpeting, feel damp and unpleasant to walk on.

If you want to make sure that you have found all areas where water damage has occurred, you need to hire professionals with the right imaging equipment. They can come into your home and view the area with special cameras that will point out areas where moisture is present. They will also help you clean up your home before mold and mildew have had a chance to become established.

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If you suspect that you may be dealing with water damage you need to call the Flood Doctor. They can help repair any damage, clean up the area and ensure you have the dry basement you have been looking for.

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