Water damage to your home isn't always as obvious as water flooding over the floor. Sometimes, water is sneaky and stays out of sight while it slowly does damage to your house. However, if you stay alert to the signs of moisture, you can catch water damage early. Here are three signs of excess moisture to watch for that could signal water damage in your home.
1. Rust On Metal Appliances And Plumbing
Rust develops in humid conditions, so if a plumbing valve has a slow drip, you might notice rust on the valve before you notice other types of damage. If water is leaking behind the wall and running under the flooring, you might see rust on the bottom of your refrigerator or freezer. Don't ignore rust on appliances, plumbing parts, or metal equipment at home because rust not only ruins your things, it could indicate there's a hidden water leak nearby.
2. Silverfish And Other Bugs
Certain bugs, such as silverfish, thrive in humid and damp conditions. If you suddenly see silverfish in boxes you have stored in the basement or in documents in your office, you should look for a moisture problem in your house. There might be a slab leak in the basement or a pipe leak behind the wall or under a sink that's attracting bugs.
Bugs are not only a nuisance, they are also destructive and spread germs. If you can't figure out where your home has a leak, call a plumber to help you find it and repair the pipe if necessary. You may also need the help of a water damage restoration professional to repair water damage to walls or flooring.
3. Stains On Walls And The Ceiling
A more obvious sign of a leak that's causing damage is a stain on the ceiling or wall of your house. You can't see behind the wall, but a plumber might use a scope to look behind the wall or use a meter that detects water. Once drywall is wet, it often has to be replaced because of the stain, and because drywall soaks up water and grows mold.
The water damage restoration company may need to make extensive repairs to your attic when a roof leak drips down to your ceiling and makes a stain. The insulation in your attic may be ruined, and there may even be mold growing.
Signs of water damage, even small signs, should be investigated so the source of the leak can be found and repaired. Then restoration work can begin to remove wet and destroyed materials from your home so your home stays dry and keeps mold, rust, and bugs at bay.