Water damage is one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares. Even the smallest plumbing or roof leak may wreak incredible havoc over the course of time. Not only can it damage your furniture and other possessions, but this problem also threatens human health and the structural integrity of your home. So you can see that it’s important to stay alert for the first signs of unwanted water. The trouble is, though, that these signs are often so subtle you might make the mistake of not paying much attention … until you are facing serious consequences. Here are the signals to look out for so you can take care of a roof or plumbing repair before it’s too late.
Hidden Water Damage Signals
Paint that is blistering, bubbling, and/or flaking is one of the best clues ever that you’ve got water somewhere you don’t want it. (Ditto for loose and peeling wallpaper.) If you are in the process of shopping for a new home, beware of any house where only certain areas, such as ceilings or single walls, have been freshly painted. Rather than merely redecorating, the seller could well be trying to cover up signs of hidden water damage.
The kitchen or bathroom sink might call out to you for help, via a faucet base that is coming loose or caulk that’s deteriorating. Especially when those are combined with a laminate countertop that is detaching from the base or mysterious dampness found in the undersink cabinet or vanity, you have got yourself the recipe for one giant leaky disaster.
Floors made of hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate are beautiful and trendy. But when you see wood floor planks that are buckling and sticking up above their neighbors or have shifted out of place, you’ve got a problem. Tile floors may tell a similar sad story. If they are loose or remain inexplicably damp for hours after anyone’s used the tub, watch out.
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