How Water Damage Can Silently Destroy Your Home or Building

Water is essential for life. At the same time, it is also incredibly destructive in the wrong situation. For instance, if water is able to get into parts of your home or building where it doesn’t belong, the results can be devastating. In this article, you’ll learn about some of the ways water can destroy a building, and what you can do to get your structure back on track toward a healthy and long future.

 

Dealing with water damage in Winston-Salem is much easier when you have a trusted and experienced home restoration contractor on your side. Reach out to AdvantaClean today to learn more.

 

Mother Nature Delivering Rain and Snow

The biggest moisture threat to your home comes of course from nature. When a storm moves into the area and dumps a large amount of rain, or when a snowstorm arrives in the winter, your home can be at risk if it has been compromised in some way. Issues ranging from a leak in your roof to a crack in the foundation can allow water to find its way in. And, if you aren't aware that there is a leak, the water will likely stick around for a long time, doing more and more damage with each passing day and quietly destroying your home.

 

Given the threat of this type of water damage, it’s important to pay attention to the condition of your home and check in regularly on the areas that are most likely to be vulnerable. For instance, take the time to peer up into your attic from time to time to look for any signs of water damage, such as mold or mildew growth. Check around the chimney or into the eaves.  Likewise, look into the crawl space or basement to make sure it is as dry and there are no water stains.

 

A Plumbing Issue

Water can damage your home when a plumbing problem allows water to flow somewhere it shouldn’t. This can happen dramatically and create an emergency situation, as would be the case when a pipe freezes and then bursts in the winter. More often, a plumbing problem will lead to a long-term water problem, with only a small amount of water escaping at a time. Don’t be deceived by the innocent-looking drips coming from a pipe, as even that little amount of water can eventually do a ton of costly damage. The same advice applies here as in the previous section – pay attention to your plumbing and look at the out-of-the-way pipes from time to time to check for problems. If any signs of water damage are detected, call in AdvantaClean right away for assistance. Often, the sooner these issues are detected and dealt with, the less costly it will be.

 

Laundry Room Trouble

One other common place for water damage to originate is in the laundry room.  A leak from the washing machine can leave you with a significant amount of water in a place where it can do a lot of damage. Fortunately, this is often a place where you are likely to see or hear the water when a leak occurs, so usually, this won’t go too long before it is detected. Still, make it a point to look around the back of your washing machine on occasion to make sure the fittings are tight and no water is dripping down onto the floor.

This is particularly important if the laundry room is not on the ground floor.  Hot water heaters can also create quite a problem, but like the washing machine, these leaks usually announce themselves quite clearly. 

 

It is the undetected leaks that overtime can do a tremendous amount of damage to your home.  The team at AdvantaClean of the Piedmont is experienced at dealing with water damage of all types and have the expertise to repair and restore your home to mint condition.  Call today, if you are in need of repair from water damage to your home.