Pro Water Damage Repair Tips – How Old Are Your Water Spots?

Water damage restoration is a common problem for any property, and every now and then the problem is noticeable and other times it isn’t. Things such as flooding toilets, sinks and bathtubs are typical issues associated with water damage and you know there is a problem when this happens. But pipes run all over your property, and this involves areas you can’t see such as between the floors and inside the walls. Unfortunately a pipe leaking in a concealed space can occur. It’s a frustrating problem since you can’t see the leak and you won’t notice it until the water damage appears.

You can determine how old or new your water problems are by examining the water damage itself since the pipes are concealed. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find out an exact timeline, but we have some advice on how to examine the damage so you can come up with an estimated time on how long you’ve had water in the area.

A Guide On Damage Generated by Water – Establish its Time Frame

You can obtain an estimated age of your water damage by taking these steps:

  • History of the House: When your property has any water spots, it’s essential to keep a record of them when determining whether your water damage is old or new. Also, you’ll want to be aware of any weather that could bring hidden water damage to the surface such as heavy rain. Know your property, since smaller leaks can take some time to surface, and if you know what’s new and what’s old, you’ll be able to diagnose your problem faster.
  • History of the House: When your property has any water spots, it’s essential to keep a record of them when determining whether your water damage is old or new. Also, you’ll want to be aware of any weather that could bring hidden water damage to the surface such as heavy rain. Know your property, since smaller leaks can take some time to surface, and if you know what’s new and what’s old, you’ll be able to diagnose your problem faster.
  • Touch the Spot: You’ll be able to indicate whether the damage produced by water is new or old just by touching it. An old spot will be soft because the material has taken in a lot of moisture. A new spot will be wet, however, the material will still have a solid feel to it.
  • Look for Rings: Outlining rings around the damaged spot created by water shows age. Consider it like a tree- the more rings, the older the water damage is. Different shadings of the spot is useful since it shows that the area gets soaked, dries, leaks, dries, etc. If it’s a brand new water spot, the area will be a single mark with no rings around it.
  • Examine the Materials: Get to know the material around your property, since water can become trapped by tiles and thick paint. And if water spots show up through these types of materials, this indicates the buildup of moisture has been lingering for awhile.
  • Mold Inspection: If you find that bacteria, or mold, is present, the damage produced by water has lingered for approximately two to three days.
  • Decay: When your materials rot from water damage, this is normally the issue of regular flooding or standing water. Deterioration normally won’t happen from the first instance of a leak.

Contact Paul – Your Professional Water Damage Repair Contractors

If you’re having problems with damages that are generated by water, Paul Davis is here to assist you. It’s important to fix any leaks in your residence prior to the damage becoming more extensive. Our water damage repair professionals can locate a leak and repair your property back to normal conditions no matter how big or small the job is. Reach out to us now at (724) 758-6540 and in your area is there to assist you.