How Midlothian, TX, Homeowners Can Detect and Deal With Water Damage in a Closet
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian offers tips for identifying water damage in a closet and provides strategies for dealing with the effects of the damage.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian deal with water damage and other property damage disasters on a regular basis, so they see firsthand how life can suddenly be filled with stress and worry. SERVPRO is a trusted cleanup and restoration company in the region, and the team can quickly restore all types of property damage situations, including water damage in a homeowner’s closet.
Water Damage in a Closet
Suffering water damage in a closet seems improbable to most homeowners since a closet does not have a direct water source such as a sink, bathtub, or toilet. Yet, water damage in a closet can occur, and it often does. Since a closet is dark, closed off from airflow, loaded with organic matter, and seldom inspected, this tiny room is susceptible to large-scale mold infestation resulting from water damage.
How to Detect Water Damage in a Closet
Detecting water damage in a closet can be difficult, especially if the closet is seldom accessed. Some signs of water damage in a closet include:
- a damp, musty smell inside the closet or on items in the closet
- brown or yellow stains or discoloration on the ceiling and walls
- difficulty opening and closing the closet door
- swollen or warped baseboards or door framing
- bubbling paint, peeling wallpaper, warping in the drywall
- moist or wet clothes and other contents
- flooring in the closet that is wet or moist to the touch
- floor substrate that is soft or buckled
Causes of Water Damage in a Closet
Homeowners may be surprised by some of the many causes of water damage in a closet. Knowledge of how a water intrusion can occur in a closet can help prevent a future water damage disaster. Some causes of water damage in a closet include:
- An adjacent bathroom
- moisture from an adjacent bathroom’s shower or bathtub
- flooding from a cracked tub or shower base
- leaking supply lines to the shower, tub, toilet, or sink
- a leaky drain pipe
- an overflowing toilet
- an overfilled sink basin or tub
- second story bathroom leaks
- HVAC leak in the attic above or near the closet
Homeowners should always be aware that a water leak in the attic can travel many feet before the water is deposited on the interior ceiling.
- Clogged gutters near closets with an exterior wall
- A roof leak from storm damage
- Storing wet items in the closet
Effects of Water Damage in a Closet
Though most closets are relatively small compared to other rooms in a home, the damage can be extensive, severe, and very costly. The water intrusion can damage clothing, shoes, handbags, other leather goods, keepsakes, important documents, photographs, jewelry, electronics, tools, firearms, and other items stored in a closet.
Failing to discover and mitigate water damage in a closet can result in a mold infestation that could result in health effects for the occupants of the home. Closets are often in bedrooms where people spend nearly one-third of their lives, and mold in the closet can also be spread throughout the entire home.
The best and safest solution for dealing with water damage in a closet is to secure the services of a qualified, reputable water damage restoration specialist who is skilled in dealing with the restoration of personal belongings such as clothing, leather goods, electronics, keepsakes, documents, photographs, artwork, and other items typically stored in closets. Also, the homeowner should verify that the property damage restoration specialist is competent to identify and mitigate any mold issues since mold growth often accompanies water damage.
SERVPRO of Waxahachie / Midlothian has been serving the local area since 2000. The company is locally owned and is backed by a nationwide system of qualified franchises. Technicians undergo rigorous training and continuous education to stay on the cutting edge of property damage restoration technology, techniques, and safety protocols. The team of restoration experts specializes in residential, commercial, and large-scale disaster cleanup and restoration.
For more information about Midlothian, TX, water damage restoration services, contact the office by phone at (972) 935-0827 or email acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.