Water damage to your home can be extremely dangerous as well as costly. Most people think of water damage as being annoying, but you may not think about that darkening water stain as actually being anything dangerous.
The truth is, water can definitely be a problem in a lot of different ways and that means you want to make sure that you’re recognizing the problem as soon as it happens and that you’re working on ways to stop it just that quickly as well. After all, you don’t want to end up with an even bigger problem.
Why Water Damage Is Dangerous
There are plenty of different reasons that you should be looking for water damage at all times and taking care of it as soon as it occurs. You don’t want to end up with water leaks and damage that you don’t even notice because it could be an extremely dangerous thing for your family.
You want to make sure that your family is always protected, and water damage, whether it’s a water stain in the ceiling of your home or anywhere else, definitely isn’t going to keep them safe.
Rather, it’s going to cause them a whole lot of problems and could affect them for a far longer time than that water damage is actually there. Water damage can be dangerous for a number of different reasons.
The first reason is that you could end up with mold in your house. There are all different types of mold and they have different levels to just how dangerous they are as well. Some can be cleaned relatively easily and are only dangerous if you’re around them for more extended periods of time.
Others can be extremely difficult or even impossible to clean and require complete removal of the items that are infected. These can be extremely dangerous to you and your family and can cause you to get sick more often or even cause serious injury or illness over a longer period of time.
Another problem is that water damage can weaken the structural integrity of whatever it gets into. If it gets into the ceiling of your home it makes that ceiling weaker, which means that it could start to break down on the inside and could actually break apart and come down.
If it gets into the foundation of your home it could weaken the structure there as well and also cause a great deal of damage or even destroy the foundation of your home, causing the entire thing to collapse.
How To Recognize Ceiling Water Damage
So, how do you go about actually recognizing the water leaks and damage before it becomes a bigger problem? Well, there are several things that you should look for and should take action on right away.
You may think they’re not a big deal, but if you get the problem taken care of the very first time you see anything odd or at least look into it the very first time, you’re going to be far better prepared and much better off than you would be if you let it go on for too long. After all, you don’t want to end up with the problems we already talked about above.
The number one way to recognize that you have a leak somewhere is if you find standing water or pooling water somewhere. If you see a lot of water on the floor of your home in any part of the house you know that the water must have come from somewhere.
Unless your child or someone else in the house dumped a cup of water on the floor, you know that water must have come down from the ceiling and that means making sure that you start looking at the ceiling right away. A lot of water that has puddle could be a sign of more problems.
Discoloration In The Ceiling, Walls, Or Floor
If water has been getting into your walls, plaster, floor, or your ceiling you’ll be able to notice it even if you don’t have pools and puddles of water because the water will start to change the color of the walls and ceiling around you. The paint will start to stain because the water starts to affect it.
Whether that means your plaster starts to show actual watermarks in colors of brown or yellow or the color just starts to look a little different will depend on the colors that you’re already using. If any areas are starting to show a differentiation in color, then you really need to look into it.
Rust On Metal Fixtures And Fittings
You have pipes running all through your house and those pipes are made of various types of metal. You also have fixtures and a water heater. If you notice these things are starting to rust on the outside then it’s likely that you have water coming through somewhere.
That water is then getting to the metal fixtures and it’s causing that rust. It’s a good time to do a more thorough check and look for something that’s causing the leak or causing water to get into different parts of your house. Rust should not happen on these things through normal wear and tear.
Mold And Mildew
If you start to smell mold (a strong musty smell) or if you start to see it then it’s definitely a sign that something is wrong. You may not always be able to see any mold growth before you can smell it because it may start to show up inside the walls or ceiling where it’s not obvious.
In that case, you need to rely on your sense of smell to recognize it and know that something is wrong. You’ll have to figure out where the smell is coming from and you’ll need to get a professional to help you get rid of the mold growth, which is in the next section.
How To Stop Water Damage
Once you’ve discovered that you have mold, you want to make sure that you get it taken care of as soon as possible. That means following these steps to figure out where it’s coming from and what you can do about it:
Get Your Roof Inspected
One of the biggest problems that people have and the biggest reasons that they end up with water damage is because of a leak in the roof. If your roof hasn’t been repaired, or even replaced in the last 10 years, you should definitely get it checked out.
Chances are it’s going to need at least a little bit of repair, though you don’t want to stop at just getting your roof inspected. There are plenty of other things that could cause problems in your home and leaks throughout the area so you want to make sure that, even if you get your roof inspected and find a problem, you looking at other possibilities as well.
Look At Window Seals
Are all of your windows properly sealed? There should be absolutely no cracks anywhere around the windows or through the windows. Even the smallest of cracks can allow in moisture and that moisture can continue to build up behind the walls where you can’t see it.
Before you know it, you end up with a much bigger problem than you might have thought from just one little, tiny crack next to your window. If your windows aren’t sealed properly, make sure to take care of it right away.
You may not even be able to see the crack if it’s small enough, but if you check the windows and seals carefully you’ll be able to recognize the signs of a crack in the seal and you can use a number of different materials to seal it back up.
Check The Pipes
Pipes flow throughout your entire house, running up and down walls, and through your floors and ceiling. Those pipes could be a problem over time as well. Old pipes or even new ones that aren’t put in correctly can start to leak and, if they do, then that water and moisture will get into the floors and walls of your home.
Make sure you check all of the pipes throughout your house to make sure that they aren’t leaking and that you’re getting any that are leaking repaired and replaced as quickly as possible. Pipes that are too old could cause a great deal of damage if you’re not careful about monitoring for leaks at all times.
There are plenty of things that could cause water damage throughout your house and you definitely never want to just leave it and hope for the best. You want to get the problem taken care of as quickly as possible so that you can continue to live in your house and protect your family the way you always wanted to.
That means making sure that you’re constantly looking out for potential water damage and that you’re paying attention to the signs. Your home is susceptible to a number of water issues, but keeping an eye on it can ensure that your home stays it tip-top shape for years to come and will save you a lot of money in the process.