Detecting Water Damage
Water damage spells trouble. Not only does water damage immediately affect (if not destroy) your personal belongings, but over time it threatens your health and the structural integrity of your home.
Most property owners have dealt with water damage at least once before. After all, every building—big or small, new or old—is susceptible to moisture intrusion. Flooding basements, leaky pipes and even small spills damage surfaces on both the interior and exterior.
If areas affected by water are not restored to their original, dry state within 24 to 48 hours, there’s a good chance black mold will develop, putting the health of all occupants at risk. What’s more, building materials will deteriorate, compromising the structural safety of your home.
Fortunately, the sooner you detect water damage in your home, the better you can protect yourself and your family from its adverse effects.
To book a water damage inspection, call Mold Busters today.
Common signs of water damage
Detect leaks in their earliest stage to prevent mold and property damage. Here are some common signs to watch out for:
- Discoloured or stained walls
- Bubbling paint or wallpaper
- Rotting building materials (e.g. wood)
- Musty odours
- Stinky carpets
- Black spotting
Detect leaks and moisture with infrared
It’s not always easy to find where water damage is coming from on your own. Pipes leak and burst behind walls, and cracks don’t always develop where we can see them. For this reason, rely on an infrared inspection.
A thermal imaging camera can pick up energy (heat) emitted by various objects and surfaces in its view. It then displays the heat signatures in an image called a thermogram, using a range of colours. A qualified inspector then uses the thermogram to locate wet or damp areas and identify the source of the leak.
If you suspect water damage in your home, immediately deal with it to prevent mold and ongoing deterioration. Contact Mold Busters for fast and reliable water damage inspections in Ottawa or Montreal. Same-day service!