Water Damage: How to Spot the Signs
Did you know that water damage can affect both the interior and exterior of your home? When a house is suffering from prolonged water damage, this can eventually create foundation problems.
There are many ways moisture can infiltrate your home and cause damage. Any water source such as sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, plumbing and appliances can create moisture problems.
It’s important to know the warning signs of water damage, so you can catch any issues early and repair them before it gets more serious.
One way to check for moisture on the interior of your home is to inspect your walls for discoloration, stains, dark spots, mold or mildew. Mold is typically black or green in color and mildew will look grey or white. Both types of fungi can cause serious health issues when you are exposed for long periods of time.
Some other indicators that there is water damage in your home include:
- Peeling paint
- Surface bubbles
- Cracking and crumbling
- Soft or spongy areas on the drywall
- Swelling on the drywall edges and seams
Another way to detect any moisture issues is to smell the area. Mold and mildew will have an odor. Other signs of moisture include foggy windows or a sudden drop in pressure.
One of the most important areas around your home to check for water damage is your foundation. If you have noticed any pooling water or signs of damage, you should have your foundation inspected thoroughly by a foundation contractor.
Foundation problems arise when water penetrates the soil around the foundation, which causes it to expand. When the soil dries, it will contract. The process of expanding and contracting soil is what causes settlement. Water damage can also erode the soil that the house sits on.
When water damage is not identified and repaired, your home can eventually suffer structural damage. When this occurs, you’ll see bowing walls, uneven floors, doors and windows that don’t open or close correctly, and wall cracks.
If you think your home is in need of foundation repair, house leveling, foundation replacement and/or earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building and maintaining foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.
And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.