When disasters such as flooding happen in Boulder, CO, it’s easy to know where to look to see the damage caused by the water. But water damage can be even more insidious when it’s out of sight, because by the time the damage is discovered it can already have led to problems with mold or even structural damage to your home. By recognizing these common signs, you can avoid water damage in your home, or at least catch it in the very early stages before it requires significant water damage restoration.
Checking for Water Damage Outside
The grading around the foundation of your home is the first place you should check, especially in the spring after the winter snow has melted. The ground should slope away from your home, leading the water away. Experts recommend a five-degree slope away from the home on all sides. To determine this, measure 6 feet away from the foundation and determine if the ground is at least 3 inches lower than the ground next to your home. If not, you can fill the ground yourself, or hire a landscaping firm to trench and fill around your home. You should also check the exterior of your home for signs of water damage, especially under the eaves and gutters. Clogged gutters and downspouts are common culprits that cause water damage. Finally, inspect your roof for any lost shingles and check your windows and doors to see if they are properly sealed.
Checking for Water Damage Inside
The following are signs of water damage inside your home:
- Sagging floors, especially near appliances or tubs
- Warping of cabinets under sinks
- Wet spots on walls or ceilings
- Warping of laminate or hardwood flooring
- Rust on the outside of your water heater
- Musty smells
- Seepage on walls in basement
- Leaky appliances such as dishwashers or washers
If your home in Boulder, CO, or the surroundings area has been hit by water damage, ServiceMaster DSI is here to help. We can assist you anytime, day or night, no matter how small or how severe the water damage is. Don’t put off calling! You can contact us at (720) 452-2842.