They might overlook moisture marks along the wall, the damp spot or small puddle on the basement floor, or a leak spot on the ceiling. Now mold, mildew and rot are setting in. All of these things are signs of water damage. Once they finally do notice the signs of a leak, that problem has grown for quite some time. The problem could then be much worse than just a minor cosmetic flaw here and there.
In some situations, a slow leak becomes apparent after the water damage has caused some secondary problems. These signals could include damp, heavy construction material starting to buckle, the arrival of bugs that enjoy moist environments, and growing mold and mildew spots. In these cases, the best solution usually boils down to renovating the affected materials. After the leak has been corrected, replacing compromised dry wall and flooring will likely help prevent additional problems down the line. Additionally, renovations will reinforce the impermeability of the area and update its look as well.
When a homeowner is considering a necessary but nonetheless expensive renovation after extensive water damage, they will want to identify the cause(s) of the leak in the first place, so that it can be completely corrected, and prevented in the future. Replacing possessions and structures in the house won’t do any good if the source of the problem hasn’t been corrected.
A professional leak or flood inspection team can outline how they believe water has entered a home and follow it from the source to the end of the line. Even the smallest opening can allow water to seep into the ceiling, walls, and all the way down to the flooring if it is not quickly corrected. A few of the most common ways that homeowners get into water trouble include neglected roof repairs, neglected and aging windows, and neglected and aging appliances that utilize water. There are plenty of times when unavoidable natural disasters like a hard rain, tornado or hurricane will cause water damage as well, but doing the little things to fix up a house will take care of otherwise preventable damage and expenses.