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New-Old Water Damage – Tips by Water Damage Restoration Experts


A typical problem that a lot of houses confront is some form of damage caused by water. As water damage restoration professionals, Paul Davis recognize the problems that water damage causes, especially when it can’t be seen. Your residence has pipes running throughout it, including the inside of your walls and ceilings. When these pipes have condensation on them or a leak, they can begin to erode your ceiling or walls. One of the more hard situations to this is checking whether or not the damage caused by water is new or old.

Since the pipes aren’t visible, you can get an estimate of how long you’ve had water problems by evaluating the water damage itself. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find out an exact timeline, but we have some tips on how to evaluate the damage so you can come up with an estimated time on how long you’ve had water in the damaged space.

Find Out the Age of Your Water Damage

The following step-by-step process can help you judge whether the damage produced by water is new or old:

  • History of the House: An older house could already have some previous water damage, so it’s critical to keep track of what’s there and to note if the damage changes over a period of time. Keeping track of the weather is a great idea as well, because if you have a modest leak, it can take awhile for a spot to surface. Taking note of your water damages can save you lots of time when finding out whether your water damage is new or old.
  • Touch the Spot: When the water spot is old, it will be squishy and mushy because during the period of the leaking water, your ceiling or drywall has taken in a good amount of water. A newer spot will feel wet but it won’t be soft to the touch.
  • Look for Rings: When you see one dark spot with zero rings around it, this indicates that the damage produced by water is new. Old damage produced by water usually has rings around it, and just like a tree, the more rings indicates the age. Discolored rings exhibits that the area has been soaked, dried, soaked, dried, etc.
  • Examine the Materials: It’s important to be aware of the materials that make up your ceiling or walls, because things such as tiles or thick paint can actually trap moisture. When this is the circumstance, even a water spot that’s small can indicate the buildup of water has been remaining for a period of time.
  • Mold Inspection: Bacteria development usually means that the damage produced by water has been present for about two to three days.
  • Deterioration: Your material won’t decompose from the first occurrence of water damage. So when there has been deterioration, this indicates your material has been vulnerable to constant standing water or flooding.

Reach out to Paul Davis – Your Professional Water Damage Restoration Technicians

The intensity of the damage produced by water doesn’t matter, Paul Davis is here to assist. Our team of expert water damage restoration technicians can fix the issue and have your home back in great condition. Fix the problem now before it gets even worse and contact us at 888-473-7669 for a local franchise near you.