DIY: Checking Your Home for Water Damage

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • January 16, 2018

How To Check For Water Damage

Water Damage can permanently reduce the value of your home. You might notice warped flooring, discolored walls, or overly damp areas. Luckily, water damage can be fixed if identified early. Here’s a DIY list of some ways to check your home for water damage:

1. The walls

By and large, the easiest area to check your home’s water damage will be looking at your walls. Any stains should be taken seriously, as this could indicate a leaky pipe within the wall itself.

This type of damage accumulates over time so the earlier you catch it, the better. Damage to your walls can attract mice which can lead to a full-blown infestation

2. The flooring

Keep an eye out for cracked flooring, warped flooring, flooring with distorted color or any unusually dark spots. These can all indicate water damage, and in some cases, deep damage that has ruined the tile completely.

3. Under the cabinets

Checking under the cabinets is crucial to identifying water damage. One of the most tell-tale areas is the cabinet under the sink. If this area has discoloration, pools of water, or warped areas, water damage may be present. Additionally, the plumbing under the sink is susceptible to freezing which can lead to leakage

4. The attic

Overly damp areas, discolored areas, or soggy places in your attic indicate water damage to your home. This area is particularly vulnerable to damage as oftentimes damage here goes unnoticed as people simply do not check for it. With that being said, an insulated attic can help prevent damage from winter storms!

If you’re in need of extra assistance, the professionals here at Killingsworth are standing by to be of assistance. Request your free indoor home restoration consultation today!

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