When West Chester, PA, residents who have never been victims to water damage picture the experience they may think of dripping walls, moldy corners, and puddles all over the floor. Unfortunately, water damage isn’t always quite so forthcoming. The water damage restoration experts at ServiceMaster by ARTec have seen the obvious stuff, but the subtler side of water damage should never be ignored. Even a small sign of water where it shouldn’t be should be treated and inspected long before it becomes a water disaster.
Though homeowners are used to seeing clear water coming from their pipes, it’s important to remember that water contains a lot of minerals that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When dry, these minerals become a little more apparent. Homes with hard water have seen evidence of this on their faucets and shower heads, but mineral residue can also be a sign of a subtle leak somewhere behind the walls of your house.
If water is seeping into the walls of your home and drying, it may present itself as a light, dusty residue on otherwise dark surfaces, or dark grey shadows on light surfaces. If you’re noticing unusual spots or discoloration, it could be a sign that water damage restoration is in your immediate future.
As long as you’re checking your walls, keep your eyes peeled for subtly altered surfaces. As water seeps into your home it interacts in different ways with different materials. Metals rust, woods swell, and fabrics absorb and fester. Spotting rust where it shouldn’t be, discovering wood bulging or warping, or finding mildew-scented fabrics could all be symptoms of an underlying moisture problem. If you can spot these signs on the surface it could be indicative of water damage problems underneath.
A final, subtle sign that you may be in need of water damage restoration is an unexpected increase in your water bill, a sign that can be very easy to miss if you don’t watch your water bill closely. If water is draining somewhere it shouldn’t be, you may be overpaying for water as it slowly invades your home. This sign can be especially difficult to pinpoint as you may not discover any physical symptoms, but sudden and irregular charges should still be cause for concern.
If your West Chester, PA, home is in need of water damage restoration or you suspect that water damage might be occurring under your nose, contact the water damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by ARTec immediately at (610) 626-9002. You can also visit our website here for information on what steps you can take to protect your home from a water disaster.