Spotting Water Damage in the Home

Whether you are moving into a new home or just suspect that there may be some leakage and water damage there are different ways to spot water damage in the home. Not all damage is going to be obviously visible which is why if you are planning to purchase a home or are preparing your home to sell you need to do some up close examining and detection of damage.

Of course if you see brownish yellow water stains on your walls or ceiling then you know that there is water damage. Then you are stuck with tracking down the source of the water and taking care of the repairs. But there are other indications of damage that may enable you to determine water leakage and damage before it gets to that point.

Odor is a good indicator of water damage. In a basement, closet, bathroom or other room any damp and musty odor is a possible warning that you have excess moisture, water leakage or the beginnings of water damage. Carefully examining the area to find the source of the moisture is the first step in getting the problem repaired and stopping the water damage from becoming worse.

Mold and mildew on fabrics, wall paper and other things in your home, especially attic trusses and basement walls are indicators of water damage. This could be occurring due to humidity in the air, or water leaks and possibly other plumbing issues. Again, determine the source and fix the problem before attempting to repair the water damaged materials.

Standing water in a floor or near a plumbing area can be a good indicator that there is damage behind a wall or from the ceiling. Any time you see water there is a good chance that there is damage somewhere related to the water. Some of the most common places are around bathtubs, sinks and showers, basements and attics.

Detecting damage from water in a home is just the first step to remedying the situation and preventing further damage from water and moisture. Locating the source of the water should lead to repairing the issue and then proceeding to repair the damage caused by the water will help you prevent it from happening again.

Before purchasing a new home always check thoroughly for any indicators of water damage in the home, and before you attempt to sell a home make sure you aren’t passing on a lot of water damage issues to the new home owner. Don’t wait until you have brown spots to check for damage throughout your home, there’s no need to wait for a disaster to perform preventive maintenance around the house.

Lisa Mason is a freelance writer with a specialty in Internet content and SEO articles and the author of How to Earn a Living Writing for the Internet. She has written thousands of articles, hundreds of ebooks and thousands of website pages and related content in more than 10 years as a professional writer.