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What Are the Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Crowley?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can disrupt your daily life at your home. Contact SERVPRO to get water damage mitigation done by professionals.

There Are Several Signs Indicative of Water Damage in Your Crowley Area Home

Water damage is an omnipresent threat for Crowley area homeowners and, many times, it occurs without them even realizing it.  Small roof leaks, clogged gutters, and slow drips from hidden pipes can, over time, cause major problems and cost you considerably.  These issues may initially produce no visible effects or relatively minor ones, but they often develop into much greater concerns.  In order to catch minor leaks before they cause significant damage, you should know their telltale signs and have your home regularly inspected by trained professionals.

What Are Some Common Signs of a Water Leak?

As Crowley water damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO technicians know what to look for when it comes to identifying a water leak.  Based on their extensive experience in evaluating homes for water damage, they suggest looking for the following signs when inspecting your home for a potential leak:

  • Moldy smells
  • Mildew and mold on surfaces
  • Paint or wallpaper bubbling
  • Discoloration of structural elements
  • Drywall and plaster disintegration
  • Dry rot on wooden materials
  • Warping of walls
  • Buckling of ceilings and floors

If you notice any of these indications, your Crawly home likely has a water-related issue.  In order to prevent further injury to your property, you must contact a good water damage remediation service as soon as possible.

Why Is It Important to Have Your Home Regularly Inspected for Water Leaks?    

While minor water leaks eventually out themselves and homeowners can often detect them, they have usually done major damage to your home by that point.  Many times, small leaks can go undetected for weeks, months, or even longer.  Without specialized training and equipment, you can only spot these problems after they have damaged your home’s structural elements.  It is for this reason that you should have your home professionally inspected for hidden leaks regularly.  Services like SERVPRO can identify and precisely locate issues almost as soon as they start, saving you both time and money in the long run.  Our technicians have the high-tech tools necessary to do this.  This gear includes:

  • Sensors that identify moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, and ceilings
  • Meters to detect actual moisture levels in structural elements and home contents
  • Thermohygrometers that help determine the dew point, relative and specific humidity, and vapor pressure of your home’s interior  
  • Infrared cameras that can see through walls and ceilings to precisely locate water leaks

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Home After a Water Leak is Found?

Once SERVPRO technicians have located and fixed the source of your water-related issue, they quickly get to work on restoring your home.  They start by setting a drying goal and planning a course of action.  Then, our workers:

  • Identify which structural elements have been impacted by moisture, using sensors and meters
  • Extract any standing water found with a wet vac
  • Dry exposed affected areas, like attics, with high-velocity fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Dry wet places behind walls and ceilings with injectidry systems
  • Treat impacted areas and materials, using state-of-the-art foggers and injection devices, with fungicides and deodorants  

Once all this work is complete, your house should be back in pre-leak condition.  Of course, the sooner we are contacted about your water damage, the less extensive it usually is and the faster we can repair it.   

Maintenance is a big part of homeownership and helps protect your property over the long-term.  As an owner, you should always be on the lookout for potential threats to your home and investment.  Properly maintain pipe networks, electrical systems, your roof and its drainage system, and repair any damage you can as you find it.  Prepare for all major storms by cutting tree limbs that could potentially hit your house, clearing away harmful debris that could get caught up in the wind, and cleaning gutters that might block water in them.  Always watch out for signs of slow-developing water damage and have your home periodically inspected for leaks.  Work within your own limits and hire trained professionals to do any work that is beyond your abilities.

Whenever you smell musty odors or do notice things like paint bubbling or discolorations, it is essential that you contact an experienced service for help.  Companies like SERVPRO have both the advanced training and equipment to effectively handle your water-related problem.  We are skilled at detecting and locating even the most minor leaks.  Once we locate them, we employ a wide range of innovative techniques to dry your home and return it to its original condition.  Often, after we finish our work, it might seem like your home never even experienced a water issue.  

If you ever need an inspection or are faced with water damage, rest assured that help is available.  Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 for assistance.

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