Water Damage Restoration - Determine the Age of Water Spots

When you have backed-up sinks, bathtubs or toilets that overflow, you know that you’re in need of water damage repair. Unfortunately, your residence can sustain water damage in ways that aren’t as noticeable. Because you have pipes running all over your house, you can have a pipe leaking or an accumulation of condensation between your walls or ceilings. It’s a difficult problem because this isn’t visible- you won’t notice it until you have water damage, and then it’s hard to pinpoint how long the issue has lingered.

You can establish how old or new your water complications are by analyzing the water damage itself since the pipes aren’t visible. Unfortunately, it’s hard to figure 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.

Tips On Damage Caused by Water – Establish its Age

You can gain some insight on whether the damage produced by water is old or new by following this step-by-step process:

  • History of the House: An old residence could already have some previous water damage, so it’s important to keep a record of what’s there and to note if the damage changes over a period of time. Tracking the weather is a good idea as well, since, if you have a modest leak, it can take months for a water spot to surface. Taking note of your water spots and damages can save you a lot of hassle when finding out whether the damage produced from water is old or new.
  • History of the House: Take note of any spots on your ceiling or walls and take into account any outside influences like heavy rain. Damages and spots caused by water can take months to come up if it’s a slight leak. Older properties could have some water spots that were sustained previously. So it’s important to keep a record of the spots you perceive while determining whether this is new water damage or old water damage.
  • Touch the Spot: You can feel the spot- this can reveal a lot about the age of the water damage. A new spot will feel wet but your drywall or ceiling will still feel durable, while an old spot will be soft and spongy because your material would have taken in a fair amount of moisture.
  • Look for Rings: When you see a dark spot with no rings around it, this shows that the water damage is new. Old water damage will have rings around it, and like trees, the more rings shows the age. Different shades and colors of rings exhibits that the spot has been saturated, dried, saturated, dried, etc.
  • Examine the Materials: Materials like tiles and thick paint can actually trap water, so when you have a water spot seeping through one of these, this can mean there’s been a buildup of water for awhile. Knowing the materials in your home can help you focus on your water damage problems more efficiently.
  • Mold Inspection: Bacteria growth normally means that the damage produced by water has lingered for nearly two to three days.
  • Decay: Decomposed material indicates that the damage produced by water is either a repeat offender or that it’s extensive because there’s standing water. A first instance of water damage typically won’t cause decomposition.

Water Damage Restoration Technicians – Contact Paul Today

When you’re having water damage issues, Paul Davis is here to help out. It’s vital to remedy any dripping pipes on your property prior to the damage becoming more extensive. Our water damage repair experts can locate dripping pipes and restore your house back to normal no matter the size of the job. Contact us now at 801-299-1000 and a local franchise will be there to help out.