Knowing what to look for and how to address it is an excellent way of avoiding serious and expensive water damage in homes and businesses.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on proper identification of the signs associated with water damage. Knowing what to look for and how to address it is an excellent way of avoiding serious and expensive water damage in homes and businesses.
Foundations should be checked for cracks due to stress, sub par construction, or low grade materials. Many older homes will have this problem although it is increasingly found in new home constructs as well. Any foundational crack can allow access to the home by groundwater, which also sets the stage for mold growth.
Roofs may also sag under the weight of water, snow, ice, or debris, and missing or damaged shingles and flashing means serious leakage into the attic area of the home. Sagging roofs may also collapse, risking injury to anyone standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sloping floors are a problem in older homes, sometimes with as much as a five inch degree of difference from one end of the home to the other. This may also be a sign of weakness in the home’s supporting structures, so it is important to make sure that all floors are properly leveled following construction or repair.
Windows and doors may also suffer broken seals as a result of the home settling, allowing air and heat to escape. This drives up energy bills, as well as allowing water into the home. Similarly, siding can also be compromised, and as a result only durable, high quality siding should be used.
Water stains and mold growth are telltale signs of existing water damage, and the longer it remains unchecked, the greater the damage to the home will be.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states, 24/7 availability, and same day emergency service in most cases.