Assessing Your Home For Water Damage

Your home is where you live, where you de-stress and feel comfortable, but if you've recently had water damage, you may not be feeling very comfortable in your home. You may be worried about where the water all went, what was affected and if mold may begin growing inside your home. If you've had a flood or leak in your home, you need to assess the damage. Read on for tips to assess the water damage in your home.

Figure Out Where The Water Came From

If the water came in from heavy rains, you need to figure out where the water came in from. If it came from a window or seeped in from the base of the walls, you need to make necessary repairs to prevent this from happening again. You also need to figure out why your sump pump failed, or if it just couldn't keep up. 

If the water came in from a leaky pipe, that pipe will need to be repaired, and you should also figure out why the pipe leaked in the first place. Was the pipe rotten, or was there a clog? Figure out why the leak happened and make the necessary repairs.

If the water came in from the ceiling, it could be due to a leaky roof, or it could have been from clogged gutters. Find where the leak came in from and make the repairs.

Look For Damage

Take a look around your home for damage. It may not just be what you can see; you need to look deeper behind the walls for damage. Your beams in the ceiling or studs in the walls may have been damaged as well. If you only make repairs to the surface areas you can see, you may have mold growing behind your drywall that will eventually seep through and can cause health issues for you and your family.

Look behind the drywall, in your attic, at your foundation walls for any cracks or crumbling, at the wood on your roof, as well as the soffit and fascia for damage. If you spot any of this type of damage, it will all need to be repaired.

Also be sure to check the electrical systems in your home, as water could have damaged these as well. Test all of your appliances to be sure these were not affected.

Hire A Professional

Call a professional water damage restoration company to have the repairs made to your home to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home and to repair anything that was damaged (what you see and what you cannot). Also be sure that you make the repairs needed to prevent water damage from occurring again in your home. 

  • If your yard needs to be graded differently to prevent rainwater from draining too closely to your home, be sure this is done.
  • If your gutters are clogged, damage to your roof, soffit, and fascia can occur again.
  • If your basement windows are not sealed properly, water can get in again. Seal the windows and add window covers to prevent water from getting in again.
  • If your pipes are clogged, leaks could occur again in your pipes. If you notice any slow drains, clear them out to prevent damage.

Your home is where you de-stress and feel most comfortable. If you've had water damage, make sure the repairs are made by a professional company like Service Master Restore  by Ocampo to ensure the work is done properly.