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Monitoring Your House for Water Damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Picture is a sink caked in dirt and full of brown water. Negligence led to this sink flooding and damaging the floor below.


How can one watch out for water damage? What is the purpose of monitoring a home?

Water Damage Clues

There are many clues that can give away a future water damage situation requiring remediation.

  • Wet floor
  • Paint peeling/pulling
  • Black spots appearing on surfaces
  • Moist, musty smell
  • Wet couches, carpets, or other items
  • Utility bill increases unnecessarily
  • Leaks
  • Strange sounds like drips

Watching out for more than one of these is important as water damage rarely comes to light until it's festered a while.

Monitoring Your Home

Monitoring can prevent a future water damage or detect it before it causes more harm.

Luckily, some vigilance and work is all it takes to keep on track and prevent this issue. Appliances are a large water and fire risk if not maintained properly. A quick check of the floors and walls during routine cleaning increases one's chance of finding water spots. Having a baseline water bill gives an average amount which can be used to detect irregularities in one's water system. Monitoring does not have to be a complicated process; a simple system that allows one to detect odd spots, smells, and sounds is enough.

This will give you the edge on a crisis before it wreaks havoc on your home.

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