Water Damage in your Home or Business: How Relying on Campbell Restoration can Help!
If neglected, water damage will worsen and cause serious trouble. In order to find effective solutions, property owners will have to learn as much as they can about moisture damage. Not all water damage to a home is sudden. Sometimes it can be a gradual issue that occurs. Whatever the water damage issue, we are here to help.
The source of the water should always be the first thing tackled. If the damage is due to a roofing or plumbing problem, the homeowner should consider hiring a professional. Once that part of the problem has been resolved, they can start the process of drying the property out and determining the extent of the damage prior to repairing it. The following is some evidence that you might have water damage in your home or place of business.
• The Smell
Water damage produces an array of distinctive smells ranging from the odor of stagnant water to the earthy one of rotten wood. Both mold and mildew have a similar smell that is also indicative of water damage. The sense of smell is therefore one of the most important tools for detecting water damage.
• Mold and Mildew
Regardless of how often or how well a property is cleaned, mold and mildew grow wherever there is water damage. Mold spores are airborne and will start growing when they arrive at a spot with the food, darkness and moisture they need to thrive. Most water damaged building materials will provide these essentials and growth can start in as short a time as 36 hours after the damage occurs.
Brownish stains on a ceiling are indications that there is a leak. Stains may also appear on the floor and walls. The property should be inspected for leaks wherever new, unexplained stains appear.
• Blistering or Peeling Walls
If a wall becomes saturated, paint can separate. This separation will result in the paint blistering or peeling. This can also occur with wallpaper or plaster.
• Wall and Ceiling Damage
Water damage can cause a ceiling to fail. Signs of a failing ceiling include sagging or warping. A spongy soft surface is another clear indication of a leak. Drywall is absorbent which makes it extremely susceptible to moisture. Water damage can cause it to swell and break down.
• Floor Damage
Water damage can cause floors to buckle, cup or become soft. A property should be immediately inspected for water damage if changes in the floor are detected.
If there is any uncertainty about whether there is a leak, a moisture meter may be used to provide a conclusive answer. Moisture meters can detect moisture in walls floors or ceilings. These devices can be used by anyone and may be operated by following the included instructions. Moisture meters may also be used to determine the water content in building materials when remodeling a home.