As homeowners, the last thing we want to deal with is water damage in our homes. However, it does happen to countless homeowners across the nation, and more often than you think. If you currently own a home or are in the market to purchase a home, you will want to inspect it for water damage.
If you are looking to buy a home, one way to proactively ensure that your home is free from water damage is to one, request the home inspector looks explicitly for the signs of water damage and two, inspect the home yourself. Here’s how to spot water damage in your Idaho Falls home:
- Look for Staining – One of the most obvious signs of water damage in the house is water stains around toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and along walls and ceilings. However, be on the lookout–some people will try and cover these stains with a fresh coat of paint to try and sell the home as quickly as possible. In these instances, pay attention to walls that may appear swollen or have cracks, this is almost a sure sign of water damage in Idaho Falls.
- Pay Attention For Rust & Mold – A rusted water heater or damp spots around the tank could indicate a leak. Be sure to look for corrosion around where the pipe connects. You’ll also need to look in the corners of your home for signs of mold spores. It’s important to note that mold and bacteria can be present in a home without any visual evidence, so if you notice a musty or unpleasant smell anywhere in the house, this may indicate that there is currently or has been mold present in your Idaho Falls home.
- Check the Floors – Floors can also display signs of water damage. Check to see if your tile or wood floors are cracked, warped, or buckling; there’s a good chance that water damage is the culprit. If you notice soft or damp spots or an unpleasant odor coming from your carpets, check your home for mold.
- Look Outside – Lastly, take a look at the outside of the home. Signs of water damage may include puddles of standing water in the yard near the house–which can quickly turn into a foundational nightmare if not adequately mitigated by an Idaho Falls restoration company.
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If you do find water damage, or your home becomes, there are actionable steps that you can take to reduce the damage.
If you are in the process of purchasing a home and find water damage, you’ll want to have the issue taken care of before you move into the house. A couple of easy options would be negotiating a reduction in price from the seller. Then you can deal with the water damage or request that they contact an experienced water damage restoration company in Idaho Falls to take care of the issue properly. Whichever option you choose, make sure that you are a point of contact for the restoration company so that you can understand the process, the costs, and are 100% satisfied with the final outcome.
If you currently own your home and have found water damage, contact Steamatic of Idaho Falls as soon as possible so we can reduce the damage that the water may have already caused.