Multilevel homes are always great when it comes to having additional space for storage or living quarters. They also have less of a footprint on whatever lot they are constructed on, which means that more may be built in a given area. The downside is that in the event of flooding, the lower level is almost always going to be the prime target. What’s worse, the problem may not always be readily evident, and by the time the problem is discovered, considerable damage may have already been done.
It becomes important to be proactive in checking the lower level of your home for signs of water damage on a consistent basis in order to get a jump on any water damage that may be in the process of occurring.
If you discover a musty smell in the lower level of your home, that is a clear sign that water damage has already occurred. Worse, you may already have a serious mold problem. Remember that water damage will not get better on its own. The problem will need to be located and properly treated and remediated in order to prevent long term issues from occurring.
If a musty smell is present, then you should look for visual signs of mold. It isn’t hard to identify, since mold is usually a fuzzy, multicolored growth on walls, ceilings, or pipes. Mol d means that water damage has been present in the home for quite some time, and it should be remediated as soon as possible in order to prevent any health problems from affecting you or your loved ones.
Water stains may also be a clear indicator of water damage, since even the cleanest water will eventually leave behind tell tale discolorations or stains. If the home has been flooded, the water will leave behind a telltale waterline.
Lower levels of any home should be proactively inspected on a regular basis in order to stay ahead of water damage problems and repair any issues as they arise. Staying ahead of the problem and making minor, less expensive repairs will go a long way towards preventing costly repair bills as a result of severe water damage later on.