One of the most devastating risks to your home is weather. In Boise, weather can mean too much rain or snow. When the storms have ended, you might find yourself with standing water. Handling the aftermath of water damage is hard enough when you can see it but sometimes the effects are hidden. Here are four signs that can signal water damage in your home.
Strange Smells Could Mean Damage
When you return home following a weather event, one of the first things you might notice is a smell. Homeowners can easily detect the odor of mold or mildew. It smells wet or musty, as the result of standing water for a period of time. One problem with mold and mildew is that they may not be immediately visible. Smells like to fester behind walls and require some detective work from you or a trained professional. Don’t ignore any new or strengthened smells–they can be a sign of early damage.
Water Stains Are Water Damage
As you enter and begin inspecting your home for visual damage, check your ceilings and walls for water stains. Stains on ceilings tend to be circular, puddle shapes while stains on walls tend to be linear. While the stains might not indicate water damage, it’s a good idea to have any suspicious stains investigated by a professional quickly.
Buckled Wood or Drywall
Take a close look at your drywall and wooden surfaces. When drywall takes on water, it will buckle and may start to show holes. Hardwood floors will also buckle and may become difficult to walk on. Texture changes can be detected easily by touching or walking on the floors.
Wooden pieces around windows, doors, or molding may begin deteriorating due to water entering the home. When it comes to pieces around windows and doors specifically, a small crack can allow water to enter your home. Even small amounts of water can begin breaking down the wood in your home. Deteriorating wood is damaged and it needs to be replaced quickly to prevent greater damage in your home.
Think You Have Water Damage?
If any of these signs sound familiar, your home might have experienced water damage. You could try to repair some of the damage by yourself but why not hire a professional? The experts at American Cleaning know all the steps required to completely repair your Boise area home safely, thoroughly, and quickly. Don’t delay–contact us today!