Water Spots – How Old Are They? – Discover by Following These Steps

Repairs for water damage is a common issue for any property, and every now and then the issue is discernible and other times it‘s ambiguous. Things such as overflowing sinks, bathtubs or toilets are common problems linked with water damage and you know there is a problem when this occurs. But pipes run all over your property, and this includes places you can’t see such as between the floors and inside the walls. It’s safe to say that a pipe leaking in an unseen space can occur. It’s a frustrating obstacle because you can’t see the leak and you won’t know until the water damage appears.

Since the pipes aren’t visible, you can get an approximation of how long you’ve had water complications by examining the water damage itself. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find out a precise timeline, but we have some tips on how to evaluate the damage so you can come up with an estimated time on how long you’ve had water in the damaged space.

Learn How Old or New the Damage Produced by Water is with These Steps

By practicing the tips listed below, you can determine the age of your water damage:

  • History of the House: If your property has any water spots, it’s essential to keep track of them when finding out whether your water damage is old or new. Furthermore, 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 modest leaks can take awhile to surface, and if you understand what’s old and what’s new, you’ll be able to diagnose your issue faster.
  • History of the House: Keep track of any spots on your walls or ceilings and take into account any strong weather you had in your area such as a heavy rain storm. Water spots can take awhile to appear if it’s a slight leak. If you reside in an older house, the spots generated by water damage could have been there for awhile. So it’s essential to keep track of the spots you observe while finding out whether this is old water damage or old water damage.
  • Touch the Spot: If the water spot is aged, it will be spongy and soft because during the time of the water leak, your ceiling or drywall has taken in a good amount of water. A new spot will feel wet but it won’t be soft to the touch.
  • Look for Rings: You know how rings on a tree determine how old a tree is? The same method can be used towards water spots. An older water spot is going to have rings around it. They can also be discolored because the spot gets soaked then dries and gets soaked again then dries again, etc. A newer spot will be darker with zero rings circling it.
  • Examine the Materials: Get to know the material around your property, because water and moisture can become trapped by tiles and thick paint. So if spots generated by water show up through these types of materials, this means the buildup of water has remained for awhile.
  • Mold Inspection: If you find that bacteria, or mold, is there, the damage generated by water has been there for nearly two to three days.
  • Rot: Your material won’t decompose by the first occurrence of damage produced by water. So when there has been rot, this means your material has been susceptible to repeated standing water or flooding.

Reach out to Paul – Your Expert Water Damage Restoration Specialists

When you’re having complications with damages that are caused by water, look to Paul Davis. It’s important to fix any dripping pipes on your property before the damage becomes extensive. Our water damage restoration professionals can find a leak and restore your property back to normal conditions no matter the size of the job. Reach out to Paul today at 801-299-1000 and a local franchise will be there to help out.