Older homes – especially pre-war homes – are extremely susceptible to lot of age related damages. Just like us, our homes age and show that age in a number of different ways. Just like we start to wrinkle and move a little more slowly, our homes do the same. One of the biggest problems with older homes is water damage. Oftentimes, an older home’s plumbing might not be in tip-top shape, or there might be something wrong with one of the appliances, which can cause a water leak. When it comes to older homes, water damage is perhaps the most insidious, because the costs for repairs can be quite high. Also, it can be hard to replace certain parts of an older home. Your best bet is to find out where the water damage is before it’s too late. Here is how to detect water damage in an old home.
The first place to look for water damage is in your rain gutters. Overtime, rain gutters can become clogged – either with leaves or with other debris. Oftentimes, we don’t even think about cleaning out our rain gutters. However, if you safely head to your roof and see that you have a block, or even some water building up, chances are that you might have some kind of water damage below this part of the gutter. To prevent further damage, simply make sure to clean out your rain gutters.
Also, pay attention to the doors, or any other entry way, in your home. Oftentimes, water damage can be best noticed on doors, because you can better detect the stains from a previous leak. If you do notice stains, there is a chance that you have a leak coming in from somewhere and it is only a matter of time before the damage gets worse. You might need to investigate further, but soon enough you’ll find the source of the leak.
Next, make sure there isn’t any mold anywhere. Mold is a surefire sign that there is water damage – and perhaps the damage is even worse behind the walls. If you don’t take immediate steps to fix the damage, it could get worse and the mold could spread. If left untreated, mold can spread throughout the entire home and can cause significant health issues. Not only that, but it can also cause further structural damage. Mold is usually pale green in color, but if the mold is black, chances are that you have a toxic strain.
Lastly, you want to inspect your AC unit. Do you notice any rusting? Do you notice any smells or sounds? Overtime, AC units can start to malfunction – either due to age or from improper maintenance – which can cause the unit to start leaking. Annual service for AC unit maintenance is important to prevent leaks and also to increase the unit’s efficiency. So, make sure that you have an HVAC professional on call that can tune up your unit, because the winter is almost here and you don’t want any further leaks.