Water damage from leaky pipes, floods, and hurricanes can lead to structural problems for your home and health problems for your family. Early detection and remediation remains the best way to avoid costly repairs down the road. You may want to have your home inspected after a flood, hurricane, leak or fire. If you suspect that there might already be water damage in your home, consult with a professional right away.
Here are a few tips on how to detect water damage early:
External Signs of Water Damage
Cracks in roof shingles: Leaking or missing shingles can cause water damage in your attic, which may damage your ceiling and walls.
Accumulation at the foundation: If your house isn't located on the highest point on your property, you risk water build-up at your foundation.
Cracks in walls or gaps in windows and door frames: Even small cracks and gaps can cause humidity to build up inside your walls, which may eventually lead to mold.
Interior Signs of Water Damage
Water rings on the ceiling or wall: Water rings may indicate leaky pipes, particularly if they appear close to plumbing.
Soft spots on the floor: Dish washers, sinks, and other appliances may leak and damage your floor.
Damaged kitchen cabinets: Look for watermarks, discoloration and dampness inside of kitchen cabinets, especially under the sink.
Regular inspections and maintenance will go a long way to protect your house against water damage. However, there is only so much you can do in the event of a severe flood or hurricane. If you want to learn more about hurricane insurance in Florida, visit our flood disaster preparedness page.