Detecting Hidden Water Damage and Leaks: Expert Tips

Your Ultimate Guide for Water Damage Problems

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Approximately 90% of water damage in most homes in the US could be easily avoided, just by properly maintaining it and making repairs when damage does occur. Dealing with water damage in your home can be a total nightmare. 

 

Luckily, should your home sustain damage caused by water, you can count on Best Option Restoration to be there to repair it. We don’t just repair the area where the damage is, we find the source of the water that caused the damage in the first place and fix that first. 

 

But, wouldn’t it be better to avoid sustaining damage in the first place? From the leading causes of water damage to how to repair minor issues yourself, this guide will go through all the details and give professional tips to help you.

 

The Leading Causes

 While water damage can be caused by a laundry list of things, these are the most common causes in the average US household.

Leaky Pipes

 

From a small drip, drip to actual flooding from a burst pipe, leaky pipes are no joke. Your burst pipe may have just begun with a small drip that wasn’t repaired and eventually escalated to bursting. Leaking can also occur because of loose fittings or rusty/old pipes inside the walls.  According to the EPA, approximately 10% of homes in the US have leaky pipes, wasting up to 90 gallons of water every day per home, which adds up to over a trillion gallons nationwide. Fixing your leaky pipes can save you around 10% on your water bill each month, and help to conserve a precious resource. 

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Leaks in your home most commonly can be found in kitchen and bathroom sinks, toilet tank flapper valves, shower hoses that have become corroded, your water heater or the supply line itself.

 

The Washing Machine Water Supply Line Leak

Washing machines fill up with water through supply lines that are under high pressure. You typically don’t need to worry about leaks here if your supply line is stainless steel, but if the line is rubber or PVC, then it will wear out over time. Regularly checking these types of lines for leaks can help you avoid a major disaster. If you do find that your lines are leaking, even if it is just a little, repair it right away. 

 

Mother Nature

Thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding, or heavy rain can cause severe water damage both inside and outside your home, depending on the severity and frequency of the storms. If water comes in through a window left open during a heavy rain, it is common sense to simply close the window. But if water comes in through a window that got broken out in a hurricane or other natural disaster, that is a whole different problem. 

 

Water damage can be blamed for weakening your foundation, damaging electrical appliances, carpet, walls, ceilings, and even the contents of your home. It is not uncommon to sustain water damage in places you can’t see when you’re experiencing flooding inside your home.  In these situations,  it is best to call in the professionals to help restore your property. 

Leaky Irrigation Systems

Sprinkler systems to water our lawns are both a blessing and a curse.  They are great when they are working properly, but can be a real pain if they are not. Leaky irrigation systems not only waste water, but can cause serious damage if left unrepaired. Broken heads, worn or damaged lines and poor drainage can lead to much bigger problems when ignored. 

 

Signs to Look For

 

Sometimes, water damage isn’t so obvious. When a pipe bursts, you can easily see where the water is coming from and it will require immediate attention. But, then there are the small, subtle leaks that don’t get noticed until it is way too late. These situations, when finally discovered, are usually a major headache for the homeowner because the damage can be extensive, and may even cause mold problems on top of water damage.  There are signs you can look out for, however, that will be a good indication that you’ve got issues with leaky pipes.

Walls and Ceilings

Mold and water damage go hand in hand

Keep an eye on the interior and exterior walls and ceiling. If you ever notice weird staining, dark green spots, or condensation/wet areas around, then there is a chance that a pipe is leaking inside of the walls. 

 

If you only see damage occurring on the ceiling, but not the walls, you may have damage to your roof or gutters that is allowing water to pool and get inside. Peeling or bubbling paint is also a sign of water damage. If your drywall has water damage, mold may be a concern.  If you do see signs of mold, calling in a professional to assess the damage and remove the moldy areas is recommended. 

Rotten Wooden Items

Anything that is wood is susceptible to water damage, especially wood that is not properly sealed and maintained to prevent it from rotting. If you notice water damage to anything made of wood inside your home, such as kitchen cabinets, wood flooring and even furniture, locating and repairing the source of water should be done as soon as possible. 

 

Leaky or clogged gutters can cause damage to the wood and other substrates on the exterior of your home, such causing the fascia to rot, damaging paint, brick or stucco, and could cause mold or staining to occur. Being vigilant about cleaning your gutters can keep a lot of other problems from occurring later. 

 

Increase in your water bill

Occasionally, the only sign you may see of a water leak is an increase on your bill. If your water bill has spiked for no obvious reason, it could be an indication that extra water is being used somehow. Check for dripping faucets, verify your sprinkler system is running only at the set times for the correct length of time, and make sure your neighbor hasn’t secretly run a hose from your spigot to their cousin's RV parked out back. If you don’t find any clear signs of water being wasted, you should consider calling in a professional to try to locate where the extra usage is occurring. 

 

Steps to Take After Water Damage

What should you do when your home has water damage? If you have a pipe that has burst that is actively shooting out water, your first step is to turn off the water to your house. The main valve is usually located in a utility area, but could also be outside. If you don’t know where it is, it is a good idea to locate it before an emergency occurs.  

 

If water isn’t actively spraying out and you have a slow leak, the first step is to locate where the leak originates and cut off the supply to that area. Commodes, washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, and irrigation systems usually have individual water lines that you can turn off so you don’t have to lose water for the rest of the house. 

 

Assess the damage

After cutting off the water supply to the area where the leak originates, assess the extent of the damage.  If you caught it early, there may not be much damage and you can wipe up the moisture. You can attempt to repair the leak yourself, if you feel comfortable with it. 

 

However, if you aren’t sure how extensive the damage is and you don’t feel comfortable repairing it on your own, if there are signs of mold or structural damage, or if you attempted to repair it, but still have a leak, it is time to call in a professional. 

 

Best Option Restoration High Point are water damage repair specialists that can be there to help you anytime, day or night. We will find the source of the leak, fix it, then remove the water damaged areas and repair them. We will check for mold, remove it safely, and repair any mold damage, as well. 

 

Many restoration companies simply remove the damaged places, then you are left needing to arrange for a contractor to come in to repair it.  With B.O.R. High Point, you only need to make one call, because we do it all! We are licensed and insured, plus we are local. We offer 24/7 emergency service and will fix it right the first time. 

 

If your home has sustained water damage in the greater Triad region from leaky or burst pipes, rain, flooding or from any other source, call Best Option Restoration High Point at 336-590-1988. We have the experience and knowledge to quickly and efficiently fix the damage.  We offer free estimates and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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