Figuring Out the Age of a Water Spot – Water Damage Restoration

When you have backed-up toilets, sinks or bathtubs that flood, it’s obvious that water damage restorations will be necessary. Though, your residence can sustain water damage in ways that aren’t as straightforward. Because you have pipes running all over your house, you can have a leaky pipe or an accumulation of condensation between your walls or ceilings. It’s an inconvenient incident because this isn’t in sight- you won’t know until you there’s water damage, and then it’s hard to pinpoint how long the problem has persisted.

Since the pipes are hidden, you can get an estimate of how long you’ve had water issues by evaluating the water damage itself. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find out an exact timeline, but we have some guidance on how to examine the damage so you can come up with an estimated time on how long you’ve had water in the area.

A Guide On Damage Produced by Water – Establish its Age

You can find out an approximate time frame of the damage induced from water by taking this step-by-step process:

  • History of the House: When your house has any water spots, it’s essential to keep a record of them when finding out whether your water damage is old or new. Also, you’ll want to be observant of any storms that could bring hidden water damage to the surface like heavy rain. Know your home, because modest leaks can take months to surface, and if you understand what’s old and what’s new, you’ll be able to diagnose your problem faster.
  • History of the House: When your house has any water spots, it’s essential to keep a record of them when finding out whether your water damage is old or new. Also, you’ll want to be observant of any storms that could bring hidden water damage to the surface like heavy rain. Know your home, because modest leaks can take months to surface, and if you understand what’s old and what’s new, you’ll be able to diagnose your problem faster.
  • Touch the Spot: You’ll can determine whether the damage generated by water is old or new just by touching it. An old spot will be spongy because the material has absorbed a lot of moisture. A new spot will be moist, but the material will still have a solid feel to it.
  • Look for Rings: When you see a dark spot with no rings around it, this shows that the damage generated by water is new. Old damage generated by water will have rings around it, and like trees, the more rings shows the age. Different colored and shades of rings tell you that the spot has been saturated, dried, saturated, dried, etc.
  • Examine the Materials: Learn about the material around your home, because water and moisture can get trapped by thick paint and tiles. So if spots generated by water show up through these, this indicates the buildup of moisture has been lingering for a period of time.
  • Mold Inspection: Bacteria, or mold, growth typically means the damage generated by water has lingered for approximately two to three days.
  • Decay: Decomposed material means that the damage generated by water is either a repeat offender or that it’s serious because there’s standing water. A first case of damage generated by water usually doesn’t lead to rot.

Reach out to Paul – Your Professional Water Damage Restoration Contractors

If you’re having issues with damages that are generated by water, look to Paul Davis. It’s crucial to take care of any dripping pipes on your property prior to the damage becoming more serious. Our water damage restoration experts can find a leak and restore your home back to normal no matter how big or small the job is. Get in touch with Paul now at 812-870-5133 and in your area will be there to assist you.