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How Do You Know You Have Water Damage?

How Do You Know You Have Water Damage? | California State Restoration

Here are 8 Signs

There are several telltale signs of flood damage. These may be caused by natural disasters like tornado damage, or the flooding could be caused by appliance malfunctions. Here are 8 signs of flood damage, brought to you by all of us here at California State Restoration in Santa Rosa, CA.

1. Electrical Short Outs

When a house suffers flood damage, it can cause electrical short outs. Take steps to ensure the power is shut off before entering such homes, reports the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

2. Stains and Discoloration

Look at the ceiling and see if you can spot stains and discoloration. Ceilings might turn yellow, brown or copper and be wet or dry. Walls might have stains, peeling or cracked paint, claims Resolve by Lowe's.

3. Check Floor Textures

Flood damage on floors can be visible as changes in textures. Perhaps there's warping, buckling or sinking in parts of the home. Sometimes, laminate and wood floors will even expand due to damage from floods, so look for that as well.

4. Musty (and Other Stinky) Smells

Not all flood damage is easily spotted. In these cases, see if there's a musty odor in the air, advises Resolve by Lowe's. Musty odors indicate potential mold, which is a sign of flooding.

5. Check for Standing Water

Look in all of the corners of your home and see if you can find standing water. That's a telltale sign of flood damage, which can be due to natural disasters or even appliance malfunctions, notes Resolve by Lowe's.

6. Doors and Windows Won't Open

Whenever homes suffer flood damage, their doors and windows won't open, says The Washington Post. Sometimes, the window glass will shatter due to the damage.

7. Leaky Ceilings

If you're noticing water leaking into your home from the ceiling, chances are, you have flood damage in your attic. That can lead to mold and electrical problems with appliances housed in your attic, says National Disaster Recovery.

8. Wet Basement Floors

Basements can be flooded due to sewer line problems or from surface water, claims the Washington State Department of Health. Cut off electricity, pump the water out and dry the basement out as soon as possible.

About California State Restoration Services

Serving Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties with 24/7 Emergency Services, California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA performs every aspect of disaster restoration. For all your water, fire, storm, and mold damage needs, as well as for sewage and biohazard cleanups, California State Restoration Services is a one-stop company that is known for quality work and a professional approach to everything we do. We have grown because we make customer service a #1 priority and are always looking for solutions that are viable and affordable.

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