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  1. 1. Water stains

    Water usually causes stains on the walls and ceilings. Your restoration inspector will look for unusual stains around the window and door frames, too.

  2. 2. Dampness and mold growth

    The mold growth may also be accompanied by an unpleasant smell. An inspector will determine the severity of the growth and recommend the appropriate measures for removing it.

  3. 3. Warping and buckling

    All flooring is susceptible to water damage. Your restoration professional will inspect the subfloor to check for signs of stains and dampness. Carpeted areas may have a general smell of dampness.

  4. 4. Corrosion

    Your inspector will examine piping in the laundry room, bathrooms, and kitchen for any evidence of corrosion. The caulking around fixtures may seem loose, which indicates a likelihood of water seepage.

  5. 5. Attic problems

    There may be mold and stains in your attic. The inspector will examine the valleys and flashings for any signs of leaks. Your attic insulation should be dry and in a proper condition.

  6. 6. Rotting wood

    Moisture problems may lead to rotting wood in your basement. If you have wooden beams and furniture that are showing signs of rot, an inspector will need to determine the source of the problem.

  7. 7. Paint problems

    Check the bases of your walls in each of the rooms to see any signs of peeling. Water damage may also cause discoloration. Fixing the underlying problem is the only way to restore the walls.

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