Now that spring is finally here, the team at RestoreProInc hopes that you are enjoying the sunshine and warming weather. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and children are beginning to buzz with summer plans.
Another sign of spring is the melting snow and ice. Everything that has accumulated over the winter months is beginning to disappear. As it turns into water, it can lead to water damage if you aren’t careful. As you begin the de-winterizing process, make sure to look for potential problems and address them as quickly as possible. Keep an eye out for these danger signs:
Bubbling Walls or Ceilings
- Musty Odors
- Unexplained Puddles
- Dark or Wet Flooring
- Warped Flooring
They can appear in any area of the home, although locations near exterior walls are the most common. It’s also a good idea to check the attic as roof snow melts. Look for dark or damp spots on the floors, but also examine the joists and overhead structure looking for and signs of moisture. Water can run along a sloping joist and hit the ground a good distance frmo where it is entering through the roof.
The key to preventing and minimizing water damage it to find problems early. During the spring melt, ice and snow that has built up over the winter can cause serious problems. If you have a lot of buildup on your roof or along the sides of the building, you might experience problems as the water has nowhere to go. If you can do so safely, use a shovel or push broom to clear snow from the roof and along the walls. Clear debris from drainage ditches. If needed, you can use sandbags and other items to help direct water away from vulnerable areas.
Carefully inspect any area of your property where you have plumbing in exterior walls. Even a small crack inside bathroom or kitchen walls can lead to a major problem later on. Sometimes you can smell a musty odor or wet wood, even if there isn’t any visible evidence of moisture. In some cases, you can hear a dripping leak within walls. Don’t rely on your vision alone.
If you do discover any problem areas, it is vital to take care of the problem right away. A small leak might not seem like a big deal. However, the longer it sits untreated, the more likely you are to have mold appear. Mold can be very serious, and some types can cause major health problems. Painting over mold or washing it with soap and water is not going to remove the problem. Small areas can be treated by vigorously scrubbing with a 1:8 bleach and water solution.
If the affected area is large, you start to experience any physical discomfort, or you are unable to find and remove the source of moisture, then call in a qualified professional immediately. If anyone in the home has a history of asthma or allergies, has a compromised immune system due to illness or medication, or has experienced any unexplained physical symptoms, then you should call a professional mold remediation company and talk to your doctor right away. While some types of mold are harmless, there are a few that can be very dangerous. In some situations, cleaning and repairing is not a reasonable solution. When mold is inside of walls, floors, and ceilings, it can be a major project to eradicate it completely. However, if it isn’t done properly, it will only return.
As you perform your spring inspection, you may find leaks around doors and windows, trouble spots on your roof or in the attic, and damaged plumbing. All of these spots should be taken care of as soon as possible, to prevent further damage and costlier repairs later on.
At RestoreProInc, we want our friends and neighbors to enjoy the warming spring weather without the fear of water damage and mold. If you take the time to assess your property and look for potential problems, you can avoid major hassles later on. If you have any questions, give us a call at 781-664-9800 and we will be happy to assist you.