- On January 12, 2018
If you’re a homeowner, to keep your home in excellent condition, you’ll need to perform periodic maintenance. Problems that seem minor today can quickly turn dangerous, and costly if not repaired soon.
This is especially true when it comes to water or foundation damage. Learning to recognize the warning signs each part of your house can tell you is important for keeping your home safe and structurally sound. Here are some warning signs you should be aware of to stop future damage from occurring.
• Cracks in the Walls or Basement Foundation – We rarely go into the basement, in fact, most are used for storage, but damage in the basement or the foundation can cause severe damage to your home. Hairline cracks may indicate normal settling, but larger cracks, especially if they’re over ¼” wide can be a sign of a potentially serious problem. If you notice significant cracks in the basement, call a professional right away.
• Musty or Unpleasant Basement Odors – Your basement can often develop a musty smell due to a lack of proper ventilation. Most can be fixed with an appropriate cleaning along with adding a dehumidifier. However, if the smell persists, or smells like sewage, it can be a sign of a more serious issue like mold or a sewer leak.
• Water Damage Warning Signs – Water damage can creep up on your home if you don’t know the signs. This can be a serious and costly problem. On the roof, look for missing or broken shingles, curling, or cracks. Inside the house, if you notice blistering paint, rot on the walls, or cracks in the doorways and window caulking, you may have a water issue. Any water problem must be addressed immediately!
• Mold Damage Signs –Mold will grow in a home that has sufficient moisture, warmth, and a food source. Insulation, paper, carpet, wood, or ceiling tiles are all food sources. Mold is a serious problem that can be expensive to fix. If you see mold growth, discolored water stains on walls or ceilings, areas of standing water in the basement, or a musty smell, you may have a mold problem. Mold can cause problems from structural damage to health problems and must be dealt with quickly and adequately.
If you see any of these signs, call a professional! If you live in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, give EHS Restoration a call. EHS is a restoration company in Phoenix that specializes in fire restoration, mold remediation, and water damage services. If you think you have the warning signs of potentially serious damage, EHS is ready to help, 24/7/365!