Identifying Water Damage in Your Home

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Water damage is nothing to mess around with. Even though you've spent hours, maybe days, cleaning up the mess, there is likely damage hidden beyond where you can see. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you identify hidden water damage so it can be repaired immediately.

Follow Your Nose

The smell of water damage doesn't take long to become noticeable after the damage has been sustained. A little water goes a long way in creating mold and mildew growth, so if you're smelling that musty mold smell anywhere in your home, there's moisture hiding somewhere.

Temperature Changes

Wet building material drops its temperature a lot faster than dry building materials. So, if you have an exterior wall that you think may have water damage hiding behind it, get your heat gun or hair dryer out. Heat up the wall and walk away. Come back in about five minutes and feel the wall. The areas that are still warm are probably okay, but the areas that have dropped in temperature are probably waterlogged and in need of removal and replacement.

Handy Gadgets

Thermal cameras are used to find water leaks and air leaks in your home. You can hold the gadget up against a surface and take temperature readings from behind the wall. When you notice temperature changes in a single space, there is likely moisture hiding behind there.

Believe it or not, you can actually pick up a small camera attachment that works with many smartphones. This gadget transforms your smartphone into a thermal camera, and it can be used for things beyond finding air and water leaks. You can use it to check the temperature of your bath water or the grill and even use it to see creatures lurking about in the dark.

Hire Professionals

If you aren't sure that you've managed to remove all of the water damaged materials from your home, don't hesitate to contact your local water damage restoration crew. If you allow those damaged materials to remain inside your home, you're putting yourself and everyone that lives in the home at risk of mold exposure. The longer the problem persists, the worse the mold will get and the more difficult it will be to remove and repair.

Mold is nothing to mess around with. This is especially true if you share a home with someone that has any type of breathing disorder or ailment. Don't wait—get it taken care of today!

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