How to Identify Water Damage in Historic Philadelphia Homes 2

historic homes First Choice As one of America’s first cities, Philadelphia’s streets have a rich history. From the liberty bell to the museums, Philadelphia proudly celebrates its colorful past. Tourists may notice the beautiful historic homes found in nearly every neighborhood. The historic homes found in the city have a lot of character and are arguably more aesthetically pleasing than modern day homes.  Despite, their superior craftsmanship, historic homes are a lot of responsibility. Water damage is a constant threat for historic homes and must be mitigated immediately. Discussed below are ways to identify water damage in Philadelphia’s historic homes.

  1.  Buckling Floors and Walls- Buckling floors and walls are an easy sign to notice. Constant exposure to water causes the floors and walls to buckle. This can occur for several different reasons, such as a roof leak or a plumbing issue. If you notice floor or wall buckling don’t hesitate to call a Philadelphia, PA restoration company to mitigate the damage.
  2.  Musty Odors- Waking up to a nasty smell can ruin anyone’s day. If you smell an unusual odor in your home, it may be trying to tell you something. Older homes in general have a musty smell, but if one is stronger than usual there may be unmitigated water damage in your home. There may be hidden water damage behind your walls if a strange smell persists.
  3. Crumbling Wood and Soggy Drywall- Crumbling wood or soggy drywall is another sign of water damage. Constant exposure to water will cause wood to crumble and drywall to become soggy. Thankfully, this type of damage is easy to spot and a Philadelphia restoration company can easily mitigate this damage.
  4. Water Stains- Water stains are the most obvious sign of water damage. Discoloration and unusual spots are a sure way to know that there is water damage in your home. Try to understand where the stain is in relation to your household appliances or roof. Like, buckling floors and walls, water stains could be caused by plumbing issues or a roof leak. Once again, it is recommended to call a Philadelphia restoration company as soon as you find water stains.

Once you’ve identified water damage
it is highly recommended you hire an IIRC certified restoration company. A restoration company will identify the water damage and come up with a plan of action to mitigate the damage. They will cut the walls and ceiling to remove the stain and then place fans in affected area to dry the water. This will not only remove the stain, but will also prevent any mold from growing in the affected area.

First Choice Restoration has been restoring homes in Philadelphia for 40 years. If you find water damage in your home, let First Choice Restoration be your First Choice!

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