Do Your Own Water Damage Inspection | SERVPRO® of East San Antonio
While water damage is common after flooding or heavy rains, it can also work its way into your home over time and virtually sneak up on you if you are not sure what to look for. While this is a concern from a visual standpoint, water damage is so dangerous because of structural damages it can lead to over time.
If you suspect water damage in your commercial building, it is important to do an inspection and determine where it is present. Catching it early can mitigate the damages and prevent costly insurance payouts, too. If you do spot water damage, it is wise to get a professional in as soon as possible to address the issue.
Inspect your walls and ceilings. You will typically find water damage most readily on the walls and ceilings throughout the building, so that is where we recommend starting your search. Staining, discoloration and peeling paint are often sure signs there is too much moisture present, often from a leak behind the walls.
Don’t forget to look down. Water will always work its way downward, which is why floors are a common indicator of damages. As water is pulled down by gravity, it can pool under the floor you see and begin saturating the subfloor, resulting in buckling, waving and other issues with unevenness.
Inspect your roof. Your roof carries a big responsibility for keeping moisture and weather out, but you can help it do its job through regular inspections from the ground with binoculars. Check for anything that seems out of place to catch possible issues early on. You can also go out and check on your gutters with the next rainfall to make sure they are properly routing water away from the base of your home.
Pay close attention to the basement. A damp basement should not be a fact of life, and if you notice moisture down there, it is important to get the professionals in right away. Look for water seeping down the walls, stains on the floor or a general, musty odor which can all indicate that there is too much moisture at play.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.