Spotting Water Damage
Some times it's the water you don't see that causes most of the damage. SERVPRO of S. San Rafael / Sausalito knows it and because we care about you we brought information on how to see signs of water damage in your basement of foundation. Evidence of water damage isn’t always obvious and sometimes it’s not even visible so make sure you pay attention to these signs:
- CHANGES IN COLOR/TEXTURE OF SURFACES - Both walls and floors can show signs of water damage.
- CRACKING – This will usually occur in the foundation and/or floor and can happen both inside and outside the home.
- ODOR – While basements and crawl spaces usually have a certain smell, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a water problem. Pay attention to a strong damp, musty odor that doesn’t go away (even after a storm or wet weather). In most cases, it is mold or mildew that you smell, which means you’ve got moisture or water damage on your hands.
- MOLD – If you can’t spot mold, you can sometimes smell it, so that’s why it’s important to pay attention to distinctive odors in the basement. Mold will appear on furniture, wood and other organic materials, walls and other surfaces either as dark green or black in color or sometimes a white powdery substance.