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Older Homes in the Torrington Area are at Risk for Water Damage

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Wood floors buckling and with dark stains are a sure sign of water damage

The Litchfield County area is known for its beautiful old houses in a picturesque setting. Hundreds of years old, these homes are reminders of how things used to be. We’ve seen homes in which the crawlspaces reveal rocks stacked on top of each other for the foundation. That these structures still stand is a testament to the craftsmanship of our ancestors.

As impressive as old houses are, however, it is inevitable that they might be plagued by structural problems. Foundations crack and shift, creating a risk of water damage.  Old electrical wires that often do not meet code can fray as well as overload the system, causing an electrical fire. The plumbing systems that were added long after these homes were built are often not installed to today’s standards. Septic systems deteriorate and break with age. There are a host of problems that cause water damage to older homes.

If you have an older home in Connecticut, be vigilant about the warning signs of water damage.

Water stains. Water stains are the most common and obvious indication that you have a leak.You may see them on the ceilings or walls. Have all water stains inspected to see what the source is.

Deteriorating wood. In particular, keep your eye on door and window frames as well as baseboards and molding which are the first areas to show water damage because of a leaking window or door.

Buckling floors. If there is an appliance leak that goes unnoticed, a pipe leak under a sink or a gap around your shower door, you may end up with floors that absorb the water. Wood flooring absorbs the water, which makes it swell and buckle. Vinyl will curl up at the edges, which gives you a clue that there is a problem.

Pay attention to suspicious smells. If you notice a moldy or mildew smell, find the source even if there is nothing visible. Water damage can cause mold to grow behind walls and can cause serious damage if not mitigated.

Do you have water damage in your older home? Call Us Today (203) 267-6262.

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