Sources of Storm Damage and Their Effects
A hurricane or a massive storm isn’t the only cause of destructive moisture in a house. The washing machine, dishwasher or shower could leak. The destruction from these would be less visible than a flooded basement from a nearby river overflowing. Frozen pipes in the winter are a common occurrence, causing burst pipes and water everywhere. Vicious rainstorms have been known to make even the best-built roofs to leak. Window air conditioner units are another common cause of destructive moisture in a home. Some backyard swimming pools could rupture and flood the basement.
Effects of Storm Damage
Some of these causes of water damage are hidden inside the walls and floors of a house. Water stains on the ceiling would give the homeowner a clue that something is wrong. Another way to detect damage is by checking the walls for warped drywall, buckling baseboards and separating moulding. Carpet with wet spots and buckling hardwood floors are another dead giveaway that there is too much moisture inside the house. If a sewer backup is the cause of damage to the house, there will be dangerous organisms loose in the structure in addition to the mold and mildew that comes with water damage.