Every year millions of homeowners across America have to file water damage claims after a water emergency event occurs. This problem has been increasing in recent years due to old pipes and severe weather storms.
Dealing with any water event can be stressful. Baseboard water damage can be difficult to spot as many homeowners may not know how to recognize the signs. The signs of baseboard water damage can vary depending on the location of the damage and the amount of damage. After any water event, you may be wondering if your home’s baseboards are damaged, especially if they are covered with carpeting or rugs.
United Water Restoration Group, a company that deals in water, fire, mold, flood, and storm damage remediation, would like to discuss baseboard damage. Recognizing baseboard water damage can be hard as the signs aren’t always immediate.
Baseboard damage can cause a plethora of problems such as structural integrity issues. These problems can pose a serious threat and render a building uninhabitable.
How to Spot Baseboard Water Damage
There are several ways to spot baseboard water damage. The first way is to look for signs of discoloration. If your home’s baseboards have water damage, they will likely warp and have signs of discoloration. This discoloration could look like a black splotch on your baseboards or be more extreme and entirely discolor the panel.
Another way to spot water damage is to observe water damage from walls or ceilings. If these areas are damaged, it is very likely your baseboards have water damage as well.
If you are having trouble visually spotting water damage, your nose can help spot it. Water damage has a very old, musty, specific smell that can linger even after a water damage event ends. This smell can be key for discovering baseboard water damage before it grows and continues to worsen.
Peeling paint or damaged wallpaper can also be a sign of water damage to your baseboards. It is highly likely that if your paint is peeling or wallpaper is deteriorating that you have water damage occurring. This type of water damage can and will cause baseboard water damage as well.
How to Fix Baseboard Water Damage
Typically, baseboard water damage is a sign of a much more major problem. To fix baseboard water damage, you’ll want to solve the underlying problem of the leak. You have to identify where the leak is coming from and stop further water damage from coming into your home. After that, you will have to clean and sanitize the baseboards and possibly replace them entirely.
United Water Restoration Group technicians can also assist in replacing and repairing baseboard water damage. To learn more about United Water Restoration Group’s water damage restoration services, check out our blog that details these services! If you are experiencing a water damage emergency, you can contact United Water Restoration Group’s emergency hotline at (800) 430-5838. Our hotline is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and will place you in direct contact with one of our certified technicians!