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Finding the Origin of Water Stains in Your Home

Published by 911 Restoration Salt Lake City on March 24, 2014 in category: Water Damage Restoration

flooded basementYou might have just noticed a water stain in your home for the first time, or you might be like me and have always had a problem with humidity and water stains in the basement. Regardless of where you’re having problems, you need to know what to do to find the source and get it fixed. Water damage may seem innocuous, but it is the beginning of mold, mildew and other health hazards that you cannot have in your home.

Common Causes of Water Stains and Damage

More often than not, water stains come from roof leaks that have slowly built up over time until they are letting enough water into the house to stain the wall or the ceiling. You may have a brand new leak, or your leak could have been building up for years. Either way, you need to make sure you tackle the problem swiftly.

A Moisture Meter?

You can get a moisture meter or call a professional to use a moisture meter to find out if the leak you have found is active. This is a very important part of the process. You could have built up humidity in the house that is causing these water stains, but a moisture meter can tell the difference between rampant humidity and an active leak that is causing more serious damage to your house.

What Do You Do With an Active Leak?

An active leak always has a source, but it may not always be easy to find. Rather than assuming that you can simply find the leak and plug a hole, it is best to call a professional to your house. I have a water damage crew on speed dial so I never have to guess who to call.

Once they are on-site, the professionals will figure out exactly where the leak is coming from and fix the problem. Many times, leaks come from the attic in the house because the attic is taking on water that is leaking from the roof itself. However, leaks could also come from cracked or leaky pipes inside the house. Plumbing fixtures can be leaking on the floor below or a toilet can be leaking very slowly.

Back to the Attic

The majority of leaks, unfortunately, come from the attic and the roof. Checking the roof and having the roof repaired is the only sensible thing for you to do to make sure your leak stops. Keeping your roof in good repair will prevent leaks. A storm may have only moved one shingle, but that one shingle could let in copious amounts of rain in one storm.

Also, the roof must be fitted with downspouts and gutters that will lead water away from the roof and down to the ground level. Without these crucial components, water could sit on the roof or leak back into the house rather than falling to the ground.

Keeping your home’s roof in good repair is the best way to minimize your risk of damage from weather-related water leaks.

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