How to Spot Water Damage in Your Home

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments most individuals or families make in their lifetime. This investment comes with many rewards such as a place to raise a family, make memories, and a place to keep you safe, dry, warm, or cool. It is an incredible privilege to own a home. 

Owning a home, however, also comes with a lot of risk. Unfortunately, there is a lot that can go wrong inside or around your home. A good home will be built tough with high quality materials that can stand the test of time, weather, and any other elements it may come in contact with. 

There are some elements, though, that even the toughest or most high quality homes can’t defend itself against.

One of the elements that threatens our homes is water. Water can be sneaky and has so many different ways of getting into our homes. 

In many ways water is welcome in our homes. It’s what provides us with plumbing, and clean clothes and dishes, and fresh water to drink. But in other ways water is not welcome, like when it leaks through our roof, seeps into our basements, or bursts through a pipe. 

No home is immune to the damage that water can create. This is why as a homeowner, it is important you are able to identify these signs of water damage in your home as soon as possible to prevent more damage than necessary. 

Dark spots

If you ever start to see dark spots emerging on your walls, ceilings or floors that could be a sign of water damage. Chances are, beneath the surface that is visible to you the damage goes deeper and gets worse. You will want to act as soon as these spots appear to avoid greater damage.

Flaking ceiling or drywall

Another sign of water damage is a flaking or bubbling ceiling or drywall. This usually is a sign that moisture was present at some point and is likely to come back or still remain under the surface. 

Wet spots or dripping around pipes

It is always important to check pipes around your house. Whether they are by your toilet, under sinks or in your laundry room, be on the lookout for drips and leaks. Catching a leak early could prevent you from extensive damage later on. 

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