How To Tell If Your Water Damage Is A New Or Old Water Leak?

Today I am going to cover a few tips, four to be exact on how to tell if the water damage you are seeing is a result of a new or old water leak! I know its not as entertaining as the People Magazine. However, I feel like these are some things that everyone should know because unfortunately we all are a victim of water damage at least once in our life. Unless you are me and you are gifted with multiple water damage reports thanks to living next to a creek.

  • Know the History of your home. Not many people would think about this one. However, it is very important to know of any water damage in your home and to keep a track of any changes that are going on with those spots. It may be easier to tell any changes by marking the spots and watching them carefully to notice any change.
  • Track the weather. I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy by now. Which I kind of am. However, tracking the weather can help you prevent further damage to your home or business. If you notice changes in previous spots more than likely you are seeing a continuing of that damage. However, if you are just seeing water coming in that’s obviously something that is new. Either way you need to get someone in there to check those out and make sure to get that resolved before you are out more money. In this case sooner is better than later.
  • This one I feel is more obvious than the first two, and to be honest this is how I realized I was having a water leak. Having a spike in your water bill. Now, it’s story time really quick. My poor granny had this happen to her a few winters ago. She had no idea that she had a pipe freeze and bust until the next month she had received her water bill and it spiked around $300 or more. Now, not always is it this high of a spike. Little raises could just be you took more baths or did more laundry. However, if you are seeing a significant increase you may want to check for a water leak.
  • It may be kind of self-explanatory. However, I am going to tell you anyways. Touching the water damage spot can tell you everything. If the spot is old, it will feel spongy and squishy. That’s because the spot has been there long enough to absorb so much water that it has started to break down the area that it is in. As for a new water damage spot, it will not have the same spongy and squishy feeling to it. However, it will be wet.

If you are experiencing any of these issues it is best to contact someone as soon as possible so you can save yourself time. When it comes to water damage time is money. Here at Rodriguez Cleaning & Restoration Services, we have a 24-hour water damage and water restoration line. service. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email. Our phone number is 502-365-6779. Email address is