• How to Detect and Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

    Water damage underneath carpeting

    Water damage in your house is no joke. But what if you don’t even know you have water damage? And then, once you find it, what do you do about it? Keep reading for the answers to some common questions we receive from our clients about how to handle water damage in their homes or businesses.

    How Can I Detect Water Damage in My House?

    There are a few ways to find water damage in a house when it isn’t obvious. Here are some easy things to look for:

    • Check for water stains on the walls, ceilings, and door frames that indicate the presence of water
    • Check the floors for warping or buckling, white or dark stains on wood floors, or damp or stained carpet
    • Look in the basement for water on the floor
    • Inspect the pipes for leaks and water stains and look for seepage around fixtures or wet grout or caulk
    • Be aware of mold or mildew odors that are new

    What Do I Do If I Find Water Damage?

    The key to successfully cleaning up water damage is timing. As soon as you notice signs of water damage, it’s time to act. Calling in a team for water extraction and professional drying and cleaning is the best way to ensure not only comprehensive cleanup, but also thorough and effective cleaning. The last thing you want is to have water lingering in your home causing damage and allowing mold to grow.

    Can I Prevent Future Water Damage?

    There are a few simple things you can do to prevent future water damage. These include:

    • Checking gutters and downspouts to be sure they’re clear of debris
    • Repair leaking pipes and loose caulk or grout
    • Inspect the roof for leaks or damage
    • Check washing machine water lines and replace if cracked or worn
    • Repair any leaks or old caulk around fixtures, toilets, faucets, tubs, and showers

    You never want to find water in your home, but if you do, it’s important to get a team of experts in as soon as possible. For professional water damage cleanup, contact the team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners.

    By: Matt Lashway Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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