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What signs indicate hidden water damage at my Raleigh home?

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Advanced Training, Experience and Equipment Help SERVPRO Identify Hidden Water Damage in Raleigh Properties 

Water intrusion into a house can lead to various forms of damage. Wet patches and surface discoloration are two visible signs that there is a problem, but there are other more subtle signs, such as your home developing a musty smell. What is even more worrying is that unaddressed damages continue to worsen, and so you may end up spending a fortune to restore your Raleigh home. Consulting water restoration companies like SERVPRO helps in faster identification and fixing of problems. 

Can professionals notice damage if there are no visible signs? 

Several factors affect the ability to detect hidden water damage in your Raleigh home, including the tools used to investigate, and the sections of the property considered. Our SERVPRO technicians check both inside and outside your house for indicators or likely causes of water damage. Some of the signs outside the house that might indicate a hidden problem include: 

  • Landscaping sloping towards the house
  • Clogged, leaking or poorly attached gutters and downspouts
  • Cracked or missing roof shingles
  • Separation or soft spots in door and window frames 

The problems noted in the house's exterior can help our technicians understand where to focus when scoping for damage. For instance, if there is a missing shingle, we focus on the ceiling or attic. In case of landscaping or downspout issues, we focus on the floor or foundation. 

What signs indicate a leak inside the house? 

  • Water rings on walls or ceiling
  • Sagging or soft spots on the floor
  • Cracking, buckling or cupping of hardwood floorboards
  • Musty smell in the air 

Although the signs may seem negligible, they might signify an ongoing problem in the plumbing systems or utilities such as the HVAC systems. Our SERVPRO technicians can probe affected areas using sophisticated tools such as thermal cameras and borescopes to identify the water intrusion's extent without tearing everything down. 

Don't let hidden moisture problems fester for long. Call SERVPRO of South Cary / Apex at (919) 615-1160 to identify and fix them. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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