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Recognizing Water Damage In Your Tallahassee Home Early To Prevent Additional Loss

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Damage from Water to Foundations and Basements in Tallahassee Is Frequent

Be Aware for Signs of Water Damage to Your Home Tallahassee Property

Many homeowners take on the responsibility of performing visual spot checks in various areas of their home every year to get ahead of possible water damage that may exist. However, as a new homeowner, you may not understand what to look for, or where to look.
It is important to remain vigilant in your battle against water damage in your Tallahassee home. Existing homeowners find value in recognizing these signs early on, to help avoid turning small leaks into major issues that affect their homes. However, if you are selling or purchasing a new home, you may want to read further as well.
At SERVPRO, we find that water can cause damage virtually anywhere in your home, but you can inspect a few high-risk areas to help prevent significant losses from developing if you manage to catch them early enough and contact professional help immediately after discovering the problem that exists.
One of the easily recognized signs of water damage that you may experience are stains that develop on your walls or ceilings, while stains around your windows, or door frames are also a common sight. Leaky pipes or cracked drains inside of your walls can cause drywall and other structural materials to expand and crack in various areas, sometimes leaving behind a swollen appearance or a soft-to-the-touch spongy area.
SERVPRO also receives many calls for water damage in flooring, which often leave behind white or dark stains on wood floors or wet carpeting that is accompanied by a musty damp odor. Besides the stains, your flooring may have bubbles developing on the edges or in other areas of the floor, or have warped or buckled sections. Ignoring these issues gives water free reign over these areas, eventually soaking into and causing damage to your sub-floor and foundation as well.
You should also inspect household plumbing in areas with a constant moisture source, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements. Locating possible corrosion, leaks, or water stains and performing regular maintenance on plumbing fixtures to determine whether loose caulking or missing grout is the result of water seepage caused by a larger problem.
Inspect your attic and basement several times per year to catch mold growth that may cause health issues, looking for cracks in your foundation, or damage to your roof, stains, rust, dampness, mold, or additional odors that you cannot explain. The professional services offered at SERVPRO may be necessary to help correct many of these issues and return your home to a quality pre-water damage condition.
When you locate a water damage issue in your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of North Leon County immediately, time is essential. (850) 536-6599

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