How To Identify Water Damage In Properties

Tuesday 13th December 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Water damage is a common issue found in homes, and can cause significant issues. Call in plumbers to fix leaks and a professional company to clean up any water damage.

At ICE Cleaning, we are specialists in flood restoration. Our experts operate 24/7, 365 days a year to provide flexible services to our customers. They work hard to restore your site to a safe space, as well as follow strict health and safety practices to protect the health of all involved.

Keep reading to find out what the main signs of water damage in your home are.

Stains on surfaces

You could notice staining on ceilings from leaks in places like the bathroom, your HVAC system or roof. Often brown coloured, they can appear damp and signal water damage.

Contact a plumber to have the stains looked at. They are able to identify the source of the discolouration, advising you on the best option to remove it. 

It is best to always be monitoring for problems like this, as they can be costly to repair if left untreated. They can cause structural damage to your property as well as promote the growth of mould.

If you live an area that experiences in flooding, water damage is a common issue you have to deal with. For more information on how to protect your home from flooding, take a look at this article written by NI Government Services.

Unexpected noises

Sometimes, you may notice strange noises emanating in your home that are not related to water use. This could sound like rushing water, or dripping.

Try and identify unexpected noises at quieter times, as they will be easier to locate. It could indicate a water problem that you can't see, so you will need a professional plumber to come and check it out.

Should the flood cause damage to your property, we can help you. From drying systems to mould remediation, our technicians have years of on-site experience in this field. In emergencies, we can be on site within the hour to begin work.

We are proud to be a corporate member of Dewpoint Professional, too, which provides training courses in mould removal. During their time with us, our cleaning teams receive regular specialist training.

Development of mould

Excess moisture and a damp environment create the ideal conditions for mould to grow, which is frequently the case following water damage and flooding. 

Mould can produce a variety of health implications, ranging from nausea and dizziness to lung damage. It can trigger asthma attacks and be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions and those with weakened immune systems.

You can notice mould growth in areas that see a lot of warm activity, such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, mould can occur in any area of the home due to problems such as lack of ventilation and high humidity.

Removing mould is not something you should try. A specialist mould remediation team is needed to treat the issue, carrying the correct PPE and advanced solutions to tackle the spores.

Check out our blog on preventing mould for some useful tips in this cold weather.

Paint that has bubbled

This is another indication that you could have water damage in your home. This problem sometimes originates from the roof, trickling down to other areas of the home. Look out for peeling and cracking as well.

If your wallpaper has been damaged by water damage, you might need to dispose of it. Particularly in cold periods, you may also see condensation on walls and surfaces. 

This is a sign that the room is not ventilated enough. It is a good idea to wipe down condensation following showers and cooking to stop it settling.

Damage to the drywall

Water damage can cause issues with your dry wall, such as warping and drooping. There could also be evidence of problems on the external wall if a pipe bursts.

The drywall can absorb water, which is what causes it to droop. This can have serious repercussions for your home, so be sure to get it sorted as soon as possible.

Harm caused by a sewer back-up can even impact the health of your family, as the water is contaminated with dangerous gases, such as hydrogen sulphide and methane. 

Increase to your water bill

Water damage can cause your water bill to become more expensive if you have suffered from a leak. You will be able to visibly identify some leaks, such as those from taps and showers. For hidden leaks, you will need to get a plumber in to look for the issue. 

Monitoring your water bill closely will allow you to notice any changes quickly before the charges become even higher. Any leaks you have noticed, get them sorted as soon as possible. If you have experienced water damage from any leaks, contact a specialist flood damage cleaning company, who can assist you with the issue.

Contact us now

To learn more about our flood damage cleaning services by contacting us on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. Our dedicated customer service team work round the clock to answer all your questions and concerns.

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