When a storm hits in the area of your home, you may be thanking your lucky stars that your property came out fairly unscathed. However, not all property damage is immediately apparent. Internal water damage is notorious for going unnoticed, especially if you’re not necessarily looking for it.
Knowing the signs of potential water damage in your home can help you mitigate further damage and take the steps you need to fix the problem and get reimbursed for related expenses.
1. WALL STAINS OR DISCOLORATION
Look for yellowing of material or rounded, brown spots on the walls.
2. PAINT PEELING FROM THE WALLS
Drywall that is exposed to moisture can cause paint to lift from its surface.
3. MUSTY OR SMELLY ODORS
If portions of the house smell, there may be water damage in the wall.
4. VISIBLE GROWTH OF MOLD
Mold is often black, fuzzy, and can develop hours after water exposure.
5. SAGGING CEILINGS
The weight of the water can weaken the roof and cause it to sag.
If you’ve identified any warning signs of water damage, especially after a storm or hurricane, it’s vital that you try to identify the source of the damage. Depending on the severity, you may have to contact a water damage restoration company in order to ensure that the home is safe and hazard-free.
Document everything, including the signs of water damage and the costs associated with repairs, so that you can include these in your water damage insurance claim. At The Chopin Law Firm, we are standing by ready to guide you through the claims process so you can maximize your chances of getting reimbursed for your losses.