Some cases of water damage may not be visible to the naked eye. This is the reason why most industry experts would advise property owners suspecting of water damage in their home to seek professional help to determine whether their home has been water damaged.
For those however who are looking into buying a home, knowing some basic information on how to check a house for water damage can be very useful when trying to seek a potential home to buy. One can always bring in the pros once negotiations have started and one is seriously considering to buy the said home.
DoItYourself.com gave its readers some pointers on how to check a house for water damage. “The easiest sign of water damage to spot is water stains on the walls and ceilings. Also check around the window and door frames for stains. Any unusual stains should be taken seriously, as they could be a sign of a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Also look for cracks in the drywall. An area of wall that has been exposed to water can also have a swollen appearance and be soft to the touch.”
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Signs of a water damage problem
Lowes.com also came up with a guide on how to check for water damage in a home.
“Unexpected increases in your water bill. Stains on walls, floors or ceilings. Damaged or warped flooring. Warped bottom panels in under-sink cabinets. Peeling paint or wallpaper. Corrosion on plumbing valves and fittings.”
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In one’s own home, changes in water bill should be a red flag especially when nothing has changed in the way water is used in the property. This was emphasized by Service Ratings Website Angie’s List.
“Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your “water detective hat” on. Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Or, is it a pipe in your front yard? Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!”
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Determining water damage can be likened to detective work, but early discovery and intervention can prevent a whole lot of problems.