Homeowners generally never expect the interior of their homes to come into contact with excessive amounts of water, especially if they live in a country or city that is particularly hot and dry for most of the year. But with several environmental issues in these modern times causing floods in areas that have never experienced them before, and because of typical breakdowns that take place inside a house like burst pipes and leaking water heaters, you may suddenly come face to face with either subtle or obvious signs of water damage to your floors (and consequently, to your walls) which could translate to a large amount of time, effort and money invested toward making repairs and ensuring that such damages would not happen again.
What happens when water finds its way into your home?
If a pipe bursts or cracks or if your neighborhood becomes flooded, you may see these signs of damage in your home.
Floors: Wet wood floors can exhibit cupping or curving at the edges, cracking, buckling, or softness. There could also be some discolouration.
Walls: Your walls may also show stains and discolourations. Plaster, wall paper, paint and other types of wall coverings may lose their adhesion and separate from the wall, showing peeling and blistering. The wall itself may also begin to buckle, warp, and fail, becoming spongy and soft. Because most homes use drywall (which can easily absorb water and begin to swell and disintegrate), damage is almost absolutely certain. And if a wall is made from plaster or lath, there isn’t much that can be done to protect them when they get wet, either.
With water damage, Mansfield damage recovery specialists say, time is the most crucial element — if water is left standing inside the property for more than a few hours, the damage will already be quite serious. You will need extensive removal and replacement of the damaged materials to restore the home to its good condition and to prevent any other damages from spreading to the rest of the property.
Can you prevent floors and walls from suffering water damage?
There are steps you can take to prevent water damage from occurring in the first place and save yourself from a lot of the costs, work, and heartache involved. These measures are also quite easy to do, and would not require too much time away from your normal routine.
- Immediately mop up any spills. Family members frequently spill water, beverages, food, toiletries, and other liquids on the floor, and it’s best if these are cleaned right away instead of being left to seep into the floors or floor coverings.
- Have all leaky appliances promptly repaired. If you have faulty water heaters, water dispensers, aquariums, kitchen appliances, and other items that could leak, take them to the repair person as soon as possible.
- Conduct routine inspections for cracks throughout the house. Your home could be developing cracks and other openings through which water could flow, so it’s best to find and repair these to prevent water from entering the property.
- Check the condition of your roof after every rainstorm or hailstorm. You never know if your roof sustained damages after the last time it rained, so it’s best to inspect the roof and have any holes or cracks sealed or plugged up before the next storm comes.