Water damage is a serious hazard and happens far more often than people think. It can strike a home at any time, resulting from any number of different problems, leaving the homeowner unsure of where to turn for water extraction and restoration. Any leak, whether due to faulty plumbing, a leaky roof or other issue, can cause structural damage which can continue to worsen over time if not properly treated.
Property damage resulting from water and leaks is the third most common cause of homeowner loss. Water damage alone caused $9.1 billion in homeowner property losses from 2007 to 2009. The American Insurance Association (AIA) states that "water damage claims have been growing faster than other components of homeowners insurance." Many of these accidents could have been prevented, up to 93% according to the AIA, and most water damage occurs because leaks that were slow and gradual turned into a bigger problem seemingly overnight.
The problem is that many people feel they can simply fix any water damage on their own. While this may be true in cases of minimal damage, most water damage that you can see is actually only the tip of the iceberg - there is often much more damage that you cannot see. Most water damage begins deep in the walls of your home and can lead to structural damage that only a trained professional can diagnose and repair. If you think your Plainville home has sprung a leak, you should contact a water mitigation specialist to get the problem taken care of quickly before the structural integrity of your home is compromised.
Water damage can also quickly result in mold beginning to grow. Some types of mold can cause serious, and even potentially lethal, health problems and repairing mold damage can be costly. Thus any delays in seeking remediation help could end up causing health problems for you and your family, and could cost thousands of dollars more in repairs. So it is even more important that you recognize the signs of water damage so you can get the problem fixed before it gets too serious.
Signs That Your Home Has Water Damage
Any water damage expert will tell you that the most important factor in determining the extent and costs of water damage is how quickly you are able to spot the damage and begin fixing it. Some signs of water damage are easy to spot, while others require a bit more of a trained eye. Still, if you suspect that there has been water damage, you should be on the lookout for the following signs:
- Dark or wet spots on the wall or ceiling
- Drywall that begins to flake or crack
- Wet spots, drips or puddles around your pipes, sinks, toilets, taps, etc.
- A damp, musty or moldy smell that suddenly appears; there could also be a sewage smell coming from any plumbing fixtures
- Hearing water running even when all the fixtures are turned off
- A sudden increase in utility bills could be a sign of a hidden leak
- Suddenly feeling unusual dampness or humidity in the home
If your home has experienced water damage, it is important to know where to turn for water damage restoration so that the source of the water may be found and repaired, and the damaged fixed. ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning has the knowledge, experience, and technology to help restore your home. We've been helping homeowners recover from water damage and floods for over 20 years and guarantee your satisfaction when the job is done.