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How To Tell If You Need To Waterproof Your Home

Jenn Tolson
July 7, 2017

For homeowners, maintaining the property is one of the best ways to keep the value of your home as well as keeping a safe environment. Sometimes however, natural wear and tear may cause problems to arise. If you spot some of these tell tale signs, you may need to find a Los Angeles waterproofing company as it may be time to consider waterproofing.

One of the easiest ways to spot water damage is keeping an eye out for any discoloration or mold that may have recently sprouted. When there is water damage on your ceiling or wall, you’ll want to keep an eye out for water spots and stains. These spots and stains will appear brown, yellow or a copper color. There may even be peeling paint or cracks in the area as well. Another type of discoloration that you’ll want to be on the lookout for is rust. Common areas where rust will occur if there is water damage is on pipes under sinks or bathroom fixtures as well as water heaters.

Another sign to look out for is changes in texture. This will usually occur in floors as opposed to walls and ceilings. The change in texture will occur as a result of extra water seeping into floorboards and under them as well. Oftentimes with carpet you’ll find that the floor will become wet for no apparent reason. With hardwood floors, be aware of the wood buckling, which is when one side of the wood will become detached from the floor and will often face upward or “tent”. Sagging or sinking areas will also occur in hardwood floors, which will be a result of rotten wood. If the wood has rot, the floor will feel spongy compared to the dry wood. Linoleum floors will often begin to peel while laminate or wood floors will warp. These are just some things to keep an eye out for. If you find any of these things in your home, it may be a sign you’ll need to get your home waterproofed.