​5 Things You Can Do To Spot Water Damage In Your Home

Summary - ​...Being able to spot a potential disappearing general contractor before you hire them will help you save your sanity - and money.

​When working on ​home renovation ​projects, we know that water can be one of the most damaging elements for your home. ​Water damage can be costly and time-consuming. It's important to take care of the problem right away to avoid making the problem worse or making a new problem.

​What You Can Do...

​Look out for the signs of a roof leak, a damaged water heater or a plumbing problem so you can take care of the issue right away.

Our friends at Westways Magazine have put together a list of things you can do to protect your home.

Ceiling water damage (image by restorationeze)

  • ​Ceilings & Walls - Watch for changes of color or soft spots in your ceiling and walls. These may be signs of a roof leaking. (see photo).
  • Eaves - Keep your rain gutters clean and clear of leaves and other debris. Rainwater can damage eaves if the water gets trapped.
  • ​Kitchen & Bathrooms - Check for dampness in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and look for water leaking at plumbing joints.
  • ​Grout & Caulking - If your grout or caulking is cracking this means you do not have a water tight seal.
  • ​Mold - Some mold in high humidity areas, like your bathroom, can be a common occurrence. Take care of the problem with a solutions of 50/50 water and bleach. If the mold keeps coming back have a specialist come out and look at the area.

​Whatever you do, have your water damage problem taken care of before it becomes an even bigger problem.

By Michael A. Baum

​Source: Westways Magazine, January/February 2014

​Published in:
Home ​Remodeling ​​Education

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