To prevent water damage to your Menomonie home, it is crucial to locate the source of the water as soon as possible. Sometimes early warning signs of water damage are easily overlooked, but knowing what to look for can increase your chances of detecting the problem before it becomes severe.
The following are some possible early warning signs our experts at TRAC Solutions have seen in their own experiences with water damage that you should be aware of in your home.
Sounds Of Running Water: Listen for unusual sounds like dripping or the subtle hiss of water running, particularly when everything is turned off, and your home is quiet. One common place for water to run when it should not is the toilet, so pay attention to your appliances and listen for any sounds of water where it should not be heard. If you hear running or dripping water with no explanation, make sure to have it investigated.
Strong Musty Odors: If you smell a pungent, earthy, musty odor that does not go away on its own, there is a high chance that mold growth is present. Mold grows in excess water or moisture, which often goes hand-in-hand with water damage. Mold exposure can cause severe respiratory symptoms, so if you smell musty odors in your home, it is vital to remove them immediately. Removing mold requires stopping the source of water and moisture, so do not wait to call for help.
Changes To Floors, Walls, Or Ceilings: Water seeping into the subflooring, either from a saturated foundation or leaking pipes, can cause the flooring to show water damage. Loose tile, peeling linoleum, or warping flooring are all signs that there is water damage below. When water leaks behind walls and saturates the drywall, walls may start to crack and sag, while peeling or bubbling paint and cracks on walls can also indicate water damage. Water damage to the ceiling (sometimes caused by leaks in the roof) may manifest itself with cracking or bowing, or bubbles of water may even appear on the ceiling. If you notice any changes to your floors, walls, or ceiling structure, have it checked immediately for signs of water damage.
Visible Stains And Discoloration: Water can cause walls, floors, and ceilings to show stains or discoloration in areas where it is present. Water spots cause discoloration in different shades and shapes, including rings on ceilings and floors, lines on walls, and other discolored areas. Sometimes, these marks may appear darker and then fade, a common trait of water damage. When there is more water in the area, the color will appear darker, then fade as it begins to dry. Do not dismiss or overlook any discolored stains or spots you see in your home.
Identifying and responding to the signs of water damage right away could save your home from needing major water damage restoration. If you notice any of the above signs of potential water damage or need restoration, call TRAC Solutions.
TRAC Solutions is a locally-owned Chippewa Valley company with more than 25 years of experience in Western Wisconsin. We are a full service general contractor specializing in property restoration and disaster cleanup, along with carpet and air duct cleaning.