If you are in the remodeling or rehab business where you are fixing up or rehabbing homes to flip them later, then you will definitely need to be on the lookout for previous water or fire damage. Possible water damage homes or even previous fire damage may not always be readily apparent as paint can cover lots of ills cosmetically.
You can look for tel-tale signs of previous damage by looking for buckling floorboards, warping wooden flooring, and paint peeling off of walls, but you are more than likely to run into situations where the problems are much more subtle.
You can also attempt to detect any smells that might appear to be musty, damp or moldy and attempt to locate any previous damaged areas in that manner, or you can call in a professional water and fire damage company to do some testing. This is probably your best option, to discover water damage Spokane homes might be hiding from you.
Whenever there is severe water damage occurs in a house and cleanup is not accomplished in a timely manner, problems can set in very quickly. It only takes about 72 hours for mold to begin to start growing in a very aggressive manner, particularly if the area is dark and out of the way. Mold only needs three things to thrive, and those are a dark place, no moving air and a source of moisture.
If the area can be cleaned right away after a flood or a broken pipe, properly dried and any offending drywall, carpeting, wall studs and the like can be removed or cleaned in a timely manner, then it is possible that the damage may be mitigated or slight in nature.
However, this is seldom the case, unless a professional water damage control company is called in to do a professional job. In too many cases this is not done and there is permanent damage that occurs.
If you are going to be rehabbing the home for a possible resale, however, it is imperative that you find out if there has been any previous damage, because if you are not able to discover this, it is inevitable that the problem will come back to haunt you later.
You certainly do not want to have a purchaser of a home to come back on you later telling you that the home that you sold them is full of mold because you did not take the time to get it inspected thoroughly for water damage or fire damage.
A professional cleaning company and water restoration company can easily come into a house and inspect it in order to discover whether or not there has been any previous damage. If it is found that there has been any previous damage, then you will have to decide as to whether or not the cleanup and restoration costs will be worth it compared to the possible price you could receive if you sell the house.