Home water damage is a difficult problem for anyone to remediate, but even more so when it is hidden from sight. A hidden water problem can fester and create more and more problems before you discover that there is an issue. You want to be aware that water damage can occur hidden from view as well as learn the signs that your home may be at risk from a water leak of some sort. Keep reading to discover a few ways to detect hidden water damage in your home.
Check Your Bills
If a pipe has burst behind one of your walls, or in a concrete floor, you might not detect it for months. However, if your water bill seems a bit high, compare it to previous months to see if there is an anomalous uptick in your usage. This can be a sign than you have an undetected water leak. If you happen to have a leak in a hot water pipe, it could be that you notice excess heat coming from the concrete floor or even a part of the wall that normally wouldn’t be as warm. A leaky hot water pipe may also show evidence of itself on your power bill, as your hot water heater will have to continually run to make up for the steady loss of hot water.
Follow Your Nose (and Feet)
Your nose is a particularly good tool when it comes to detecting water damage behind a wall or in some other hidden space. If a room or basement starts smelling particularly musty, there may be a water leak in the area. Try to narrow down the source of the smell and look for other clues such as mold spots, peeling paint, or warping or peeling wallpaper. One good test is to walk around with one foot in a sock and the other bare. Your bare foot can detect extra moisture on the ground, or excess heat, as in the case of a burst hot water pipe. When you have done walking around a suspected area, take off the sock and see if it has picked up excess moisture. If you find dampness, then the game is afoot!
Check your appliances to see if there is a leak there. Your dishwasher or clothes washer may spring small leaks that go unnoticed. Check to make sure all of their hoses and attachments are secure. Your furnace and air conditioner, too may be sources of water trouble. Their condensation pans may overflow or rust through and leak out.
No matter what the source, water damage is a problem that must be addressed quickly. Hopefully, you won’t need to do much more than replace a few boards, but you might need a structural overhaul. If the problem is too big for a simple weekend repair, consult your insurance company to see about filing a claim.
At Rapid Dry Services, we specialize in a variety of home restoration services from water, fire, and smoke damage in Western NY residential homes. If you and your family are experiencing a home emergency, contact us today for immediate and friendly assistance!