Water damage can wreak havoc on a home, whether it's due to a flood, broken water pipe, hurricane, or heavy downpour. Because not all water damage is evident at first glance, homeowners must look closely or work with a roofing contractor to detect water damage on time.

There are several causes of water damage, but they all lead to major problems if they aren't recognized early – and fixed as soon as they are discovered.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about water damage and what you can do if it happens to your home.

Signs of Water Damage

Early signs of water damage in homes can come in many ways. Knowing what and where to look out for them is key to solving your water damage problems.

Here are some signs of water damage homeowners should look out for:

1.      Wet or dark spots on the walls or ceilings

2.      Peeling paint

3.      Flaking or cracked drywall

4.      A damp, musty, or moldy smell

5.      Bowing or warped wood

Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

To avoid blockages and ice jams, clean your gutters at least twice a year. A good gutter installation expert can help you do this.

Stagnant water in your roof can damage your gutters and produce puddles that can harm your foundation. Again, remember to clean any downspouts to ensure that water can flow through them and fasten them to point away from the house.

Disconnect Hoses

Remember to disconnect your hoses from the faucet in the fall. Water in the hose can freeze and cause an ice block in the pipes. This can bust your pipe and create water damage to your house's foundations, walls, and floor.

Locate Your Water Main Shutoff

The water main shutdown is perhaps the most critical plumbing component in the entire house. This is because the water main brings water into your home and subsequently transfers it to various pipelines. So, knowing where your water main shutoff is located can make it easier to turn off the water quickly and possibly minimize damage.

Inspect Your Roof and Fix Leaks Promptly

If you discover evidence of a leak on your roof, act quickly to fix it. If you choose to put off critical roof repairs, your home may develop mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage. If the problem lingers for long, it might lead to total roof replacement.

Install Water Leak Sensors

A water detector is a small electronic gadget with a sensor that detects wetness and sounds an alarm. Another advantage of a water detector is that it can detect low moisture levels or slow leaks that go undiscovered most of the time. To avoid major damage and mold growth, place it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets.

Schedule Your Twin Cities Water Damage Inspection

The incidence of water damage can put a lot of pressure on you, but it's something that can be fixed if you work with a building contractor with a track record.

If you suspect that your home may be affected by water damage, this is the right time to act because the sooner, the better. To schedule your inspection or water damage repair services, contact The Construction Group in Woodbury today at 651-731-5857 or contact us on the web.