Forgotten Spaces For Water Damage Water damage
likes to hide in out-of-the-way places. Sometimes, serious water damage problems can go unnoticed for long periods of time simply because the damage is occurring in a part of your home you don’t regularly visit. While the damage may be isolated to that one spot at first, its effects will spread over time and affect larger portions of your home. The most obvious example of this is mold
growth. Mold can quickly spread from one small part of your home to contaminate large portions of it before you even recognize it. Below are a few common spaces for water damage in your home according to our restoration experts at Water Damage Express
in Palm Beach County
Look Up High
Water damage in your attic can originate from above, below, or inside the attic itself. Here are a few things you can do about it.
- Get on top of the roof to inspect it. It is very common for rain to seep in through damaged or cracked shingles which inevitably leads to water damage in the attic. It is especially important that you check your roof often because damage and subsequent flooding can happen without your knowledge.
- Control the level of condensation coming up from the living space. You can do this by making sure your vents are unobstructed to optimize passive air circulation. If condensation remains an issue after doing this, consider adding a powered vent fan at the peak of the roof.
Look Down Low
Gravity gives the best explanation for water damage in basements and crawl spaces. Any water that comes from above will, given enough time, eventually make its way down to the lower levels of your home. Make sure that your home’s foundation is strong and doesn’t have any weak spots that water could seep through. Also, consider installing window well covers to keep water from seeping in through your exposed window wells.
Because there are so many different water sources in bathrooms, they are a clear target for water damage. The good news is that bathrooms are used more frequently, so you should be able to detect excess water before it causes any problems. However, failing to clean up water puddles or not alleviating excess condensation in your bathroom are common errors that will still lead to water damage and mold growth.
Some Prevention Tips
Step outside the next time it rains and observe the excess flow. Keep water away from your home’s foundation by cleaning gutters, directing downspouts outward, and sloping yards away from your foundation. You may need to install a french drain system on your property. Sump pumps
are common in basements and you might need one in your crawl space. A sump pump can be a lifesaver if your basement is ever flooded. Hopefully these tips will help you to remember to check the areas of your home most vulnerable to flooding so you can catch any problems before they become serious. For any water damage cleanup or restoration needs you may have, though. Don’t wait to give us a call
at Water Damage Express in Palm Beach County.