98% of all basements will suffer from some form of water damage at some point
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 24, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the country, is offering tips for homeowners to properly identify signs of water damage in their basement as well as taking appropriate steps to remediate it. 98% of all basements will suffer from some form of water damage at some point.
Of course a basement full of water is the most likely sign of water damage, since basements are low lying locations and water flows wherever gravity takes it. However, this may not be the only sign. Many basements are equipped with sump pump setups designed to remove excess water from the basement. If damage has already been done, it may not occur to the property owner to diligently look for it if everything else appears sufficiently dry.
The most obvious signs of basement water damage will be water stains on the floor or walls, and perhaps the accompanying musty smell that is usually found in cases of water damage. Many times, the smell may be the single most useful indicator of what type of water problem is occurring. Soil type smells may indicate a leak from the foundation, while water from broken or backed up sewage lines is unmistakable.
In addition, doors and windows that may be found in the basement should be checked to make sure they seal tightly, since the slightest break in the seal may allow access by water. Condensation forming on the windows are clear indicators that the seal has been compromised.
If nails or other metal connectors or components are rusty, that may be a sign of water problems. Tiles that warp or otherwise lift up may signal the presence of water beneath them.
Leaking pipes may be another source of water damage. It is not always the burst pipe that causes the major problems. Many water damage scenarios are the result of a simple small leak that went undetected for too long.
The paint should be checked for peeling, as this may be a sign of excess dampness in the basement. Mold and mildew are also common byproducts of water damage. If mold is present, water damage has probably already taken place, at the minimum within the last 72 hours.
Many basements are commonly used for storage, which makes water damage inspection even more urgent, since stored items may be irreparably damaged by water.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more providers being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.