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Evaluating the Age of Water Damage

One of the most common causes of damage to your property is water damage. This damage can be caused by a major flood from storms or plumbing issues, or it may be seemingly minor damage from a slow leak in your home. Unfortunately, any type of water damage can be more serious than it initially appears and it can become costly if ignored or undetected. Determining if water damage is old or recent is important because it can influence how water restoration companies in Alpharetta address the problem. Here’s what you need to know.

Why Age Matters

Determining the age of water damage is important because of the additional problems the water can cause. Recent damage that’s identified early is less likely to cause problems such as rotting wood or mold growth. However, if water damage has been happening over a long period of time, you could have serious structural problems or mold growth that’s invisible without an untrained eye, even if the amount of water is minimal. There are a few things you can do to help determine how long the water damage has been occurring.

Type of Materials Affected

It’s important to look at the different types of materials that the water has affected because that can help you determine the extent of the damage to know how long ago it started. Paint and drywall are easily damaged by any amount of water exposure. If you notice that the damage is limited to these materials, there’s a good chance that it’s fairly recent. However, if more sturdy materials, such as tile, brick, or the wood behind the drywall are damaged, the water exposure has been going on for a long time.

Feel the Spot

Touching the damaged spot can also help you determine the age of the water damage. A discolored spot on the wall or ceiling that’s wet but not squishy is likely fairly recent damage. Damage that occurred a while ago will cause very mushy or spongy areas and show that the drywall has been absorbing water over a longer period of time.

Check for Rings

If an area of water damage has numerous rings around it, it’s likely old. This happens when the area goes through a cycle of getting wet and dry, which discolors the area. When the spot dries the stain remains, so once it gets wet again there will be a new ring around the original spot after it dries. Rings can also tell you that the water exposure isn’t continuous, but that it’s been happening intermittently over a long period of time.

Mold Growth

Mold growth is another good indication of water damage that’s been there for at least two days. Even if there’s no mold, there’s a chance that the damage is old because other factors may play into whether or not mold grows.

Get Professional Help

The most important thing to remember is that any water damage can quickly become dangerous, and you should seek professional help from a water restoration company right away. To ensure water damage repair in Alpharetta is done correctly, contact Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors LLC today by calling 770-966-9987.

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