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Follow These Steps to Figure Out the Age of Water Damage


When you have backed-up toilets, sinks or bathtubs that flood, it’s obvious that you’re in need of water damage repair. Unfortunately, your house can suffer from water damage in ways that aren’t as noticeable. Since you have plumbing running all over your house, you can have a pipe leaking or an accumulation of condensation between your ceilings and walls. It’s a troublesome problem because this isn’t visible- you won’t recognize it until you there’s water damage, and then it’s difficult to pinpoint how long the problem has lingered.

It’s challenging to figure out how old the the damage caused by water is for these areas that can’t be seen. Though, you could have a pipe that’s been slightly leaking for a period of time but because it’s been concealed, you don’t have a timeline. There’s no sure way to check the precise time of the problem, but there are approaches to approximate the age of the water damage.

Learn How Old Your Water Damage is with This Guidance

By following the step-by-step process listed below, you’ll be able to indicate how new or old your water damage:

  • History of the House: When your house has any spots caused from water damage, it’s important to take note of them when finding out whether your water damage is old or new. In addition, you’ll want to be aware of any storms that could bring hidden water damage to the surface such as heavy rain. Know your property, because smaller leaks can take some time to surface, and if you know what’s new and what’s old, you’ll be able to pinpoint your issue faster.
  • Touch the Spot: When the water spot is old, it will be spongy and soft because during the period of the leaking water, your drywall or ceiling has taken in a good amount of water. A new spot will feel wet but it won’t be soft like an older spot.
  • Look for Rings: When you see a darker spot with zero rings around it, this indicates that the damage caused by water is new. Older damage caused by water will have rings around it, and like trees, the more rings determines the age. Discolored rings reveals that the spot has been saturated, dried, saturated, dried, etc.
  • Examine the Materials: It’s critical to be aware of the materials that comprise your ceiling or walls, because things such as thick paint or tiles can trap the water. When this is the case, even a water spot that’s small can indicate the buildup of water has been lingering for a period of time.
  • Mold Inspection: If you find that bacteria is there, the water damage has lingered for approximately two to three days.
  • Deterioration: Decaying material means that the damage caused by water is either a repeat offender or that it’s extensive because there’s standing water. A first case of damage caused by water usually doesn’t cause rot.

Remove Water Damage & Call Paul Davis

No matter the extent of the damage caused by water, Paul Davis is here to help. Our team of experienced water damage repair contractors can resolve the issue and have your house in a good state. Fix the problem today before it gets even worse and get in touch with us at 888-473-7669 to find a local franchise in your location.