What Is Water Damage, Exactly?

Here's the question that everybody seems to want to know about and very few people seem to have the ability to explain it. I'm going to give it my best shot and see if I can put it in layman's terms or in other words as simple as possible.

Water damage is the result of water either accumulating or concentrating in one area or water leaking from a pipe or a hole in your roof. This damage can cost homeowners lots of money if it isn't taken care of as soon as possible. Beware of any wet spots that you notice on your floors, walls or ceilings.

The longer these wet spots stay moist and damp, the bigger the problem could be in the future. If you notice any moist spots for long periods of time, try to find out where the water is coming from. If the spots are there for a few days or you notice they re-occurring spot around your home, this could be a potential water damage problem, especially if you notice it after it rains.

What are you going to be looking for exactly when looking for water damage? Like I said, in the paragraphs above, look for any moist spots, irregularities, paint bubbling, cracking or flaking and discolorations in the walls floors and ceilings.

On the exterior, you'll be looking for any of the above also. As a heads up, to any homeowner or handyman, on the exterior of your house, you should spend most of your time looking for water damage near the lower areas of your exterior. This is where most of the water drains to and accumulates.