How do I know if I have existing water damage?

  • Water Accumulation – Look for areas of pooling water in and around your home. This is typically the most visible sign of water damage and can signify a leaking roof or faulty draining pipes.
  • Discoloration – water if left unchecked can stain walls and carpets with a brown, rusty color .
  • Lifting Floorboards – When floorboards become saturated, they can expand and unstick themselves for their base. See photo below.
Odor – One of the most obvious signs of water damage is one you can hardly miss – its smell! Water damage has an odor caused by microbial growth. The mildewy, muggy smell common in damp areas like the shower in your home, is a sign of water damage due to certain porous materials like drywall acting like a sponge and absorbing water. The saturated building material provide the perfect condition for mold growth which causes the not-so-nice odors to develop.

Last minute measures to avoid further water damage:

  • Clear gutters, drains and downspouts – with the ground already super saturated, you want to make sure your gutters are squeaky clean to direct water away from the siding and foundation of your home.
  • Move furniture, rugs, electronics and other belongings to upper floors, OR raise them off of the ground floor. Cement blocks work great to lift furniture off of the floor of a room that could potentially flood.  A square of aluminum foil under furniture legs help to prevent the wood stain from bleeding in to the carpet.
  • Shut off electricity at the breaker panel. To avoid electrocution, do not use any electrical appliances if your carpet or flooring is wet.
  • Elevate major appliances onto concrete blocks if they’re in danger of being flooded to avoid short circuiting.
Just not sure what to do and think you need professional help? Call Premier Restoration Hawai'i! (Phone number located at the top of this page).
Our 24/7 call center will be happy to help you either set up an inspection or dispatch our team immediately if you need emergency response.