Okay, seems like an easy enough question. Did I recently experience a flood? No. Is there water spilled out onto my bathroom floor? Also no. Do I hear dripping sounds when the house is quiet? Thankfully, no. The search for water damage and restoration in Naperville homes usually ends here, which is why many homes, especially older homes, have undetected water damage. Since water damage isn’t just manifested through the in-your-face water accidents we usually think of, we need to do a little more sleuthing to figure out if there is actually water damage in our homes. As self-proclaimed experts (and actual experts) of the water damage restoration experience, let us walk you through a few guaranteed-to-work tips to uncover hidden water damage in your home.
Pay attention to that oh-no-I-left-my-laundry-in-the-wash-too-long kind of a smell. If you’ve lived in a home riddled with water damage for several years, smelling a little bit of a musty smell probably doesn’t faze you. It may be worthwhile to call in a friend (or a professional if you aren’t about to let your friends smell your house) to give a second opinion. This is one of our favorite tried-and-true methods to uncover water damage and restoration costs. When in doubt, use the senses.
Another obvious sign of interior water damage is discoloration. Think splotchy, ugly, brownish yellow spots along the wall. Usually this occurs behind toilets, under sinks, and next to showers. When water is moving, water damage danger zones aren’t far away. Pro tip: Before buying an older home, ask the seller to give you the history of the paint jobs. Many times, sellers will paint over discolored spots to mask damage rather than paying for repairs. It’s a low move. Be a smart buyer.
This one is easy because it’ll likely drive you nuts. Check for crumbling and cracking around wall fixtures, a place where drywall can begin to erode if not kept properly dry. Another common culprit is crumbling baseboards. If every time you sweep you’re picking up broken pieces of baseboards, it’s either time to get new baseboards or it’s time to investigate for water damage. If we were you, we’d go the water damage route.
This symptom of deep water damage usually manifests itself in kitchens. It looks like a bad floor job, but in reality it’s just floorboards that bow in the middle. Don’t cry over spilled milk, right? Well, if it means long-lasting water damage, you may not want to cry about it, but you also may want to clean it up pretty quickly. If not, wood flooring can buckle and mold. Not a pretty sight, trust us. Check for buckled flooring in kitchens where this is especially common.
Checking for mold is the final spot on the list, because, well, if you have mold, you probably won’t be able to stand it long enough to actually check for water damage. (Don’t worry, we take care of mold removal in Naperville too). You know the signs: Black spots around humid areas and a lingering pungent smell. If you see them, call AdvantaClean. We’ll get our hands dirty so you can get as far away from that gross mold as possible.
If you feel unconfident in your ability to detect water damage, we’re happy to assist in the process. If you are a pro water damage finder and happened to uncover problem spots in your home, give us a call. We know the signs and we have a pretty long history with taking care of unsightly water damage in Naperville. We got you.