Finding water damage in your home is an overwhelming experience. Not finding water damage, surprising enough, can be just as overwhelming simply because unseen water damage can cause just as much damage if not more. When you think about all the plumbing and pipes that run through your walls, under your floors, and above the ceilings that you cannot see, you can clearly see why unseen water damage occurs so often.
Catching water damage as soon as possible provides the best restoration outcomes with the least amount of losses, but that can prove very difficult when dealing with water damage that you cannot see. Here are some of the signs you should look for and be aware of that indicate water damage in areas you may not be able to see.
Water Sounds: If you hear a dripping sound or sounds of running water when no faucets or appliances are turned on, it is a strong indicator that there is a leak somewhere. This is especially true if the sounds you are hearing are new or unusual to normal sounds of water running through your plumbing system.
Musty Smells: Oftentimes, water damage is accompanied by the pungent smell of mildew and mold. When water damage goes unnoticed, it can foster microbial growth and lead to mold, which, over time, will begin to give off a musty odor. This smell may start off as subtle, but it will get stronger over time and will be most noticeable in the area where the water damage is occurring.
Visible Stains: As water leaks through materials like sheetrock, drywall, trim, and sideboards, it can cause visible water stains. These stains often have a brown or yellowish tinge to them and they vary in size and shape. Sometimes these stains will grow in size or change in color as more water and moisture leak into the area. For example, if there is a leak in your roof, every time it rains the water stains on ceilings may grow larger or appear darker. Then, after the rain has stopped and the ceiling begins to dry, the stains seem to lighten in color. This process continues on and on until the leak has been fixed. Do not ignore water stains, even if you think they are old and the problem is no longer there.
Mold Growth: If you see mold growing, you know there is a moisture source supplying that mold. Mold can have multiple appearances and can be found on any surface in your home. Often times it appears as dark spots or stains, ranging from shades of green to brown and even black. Mold should never be ignored. The source of the water needs to be stopped so that mold remediation can begin, so you should call the water damage restoration specialists at Kade Cleaning Systems if you notice or suspect mold growth in your home.
In fact, if you notice any of the above signs at all in your Lees Summit home, give us a call at Kade Cleaning Systems. We know how to find the sources of the water and provide you with the best water damage restoration in the least amount of time possible.
If this is an emergency, please call (816) 888-9653 for immediate help 24/7.
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