Water is one of the most destructive forces that can befall your home. It’s also one of the hardest to detect, which means it often goes untreated until the damage has become extensive and expensive to repair. However, there are some telltale signs that you can look for to avoid a major disaster. The following six signs indicate water damage.
1. Mold on Walls or Ceiling Tiles
If you see any type of mold anywhere in your house, it’s an indication that water was present at some point. This type of fungus thrives in moist environments, meaning that if there are visible patches or colonies of black or greenish-colored mold growing on your wall-boards or ceiling tiles, you have a problem. Remember, mold colonies can form in as little as 48 hours after water damage has occurred.
2. Musty Odors
If your house smells musty, particularly if you can’t pinpoint any obvious source of the smell, it may indicate that there is water in your walls. Water damage often leaves behind a distinct odor that is not easily identified but is noticeable to anyone who comes into regular contact with your home. This type of hidden damage often indicates bigger issues that you should consult a professional to check out.
3. Sagging Floors or Walls
If your floors feel soft beneath your feet, if the walls start to bulge outward, or if there are visible cracks in the foundation, it may be due to excessive moisture that has saturated the material. These problems can worsen quickly, so you should have a professional conduct an assessment as soon as possible before the damage becomes irreparable.
4. Peeling Paint
Paint that feels sticky or peels away in big chunks can indicate water damage. This is because damp environments (like those created by excessive moisture) can cause paint to fall short of its lifespan and separate from surfaces.
5. Discoloration of Wood or Other Materials
If your furniture, flooring, or carpets start to turn a slightly different color than the rest of the room, it may be an indication that they have been exposed to water. This can be difficult to notice at first but becomes more apparent over time; as wood absorbs moisture, it can start to warp, and carpet fibers can fade from being constantly dampened. You should never assume that damage is limited to a single area.
6. Spongy Floors
Floors that feel spongy as you walk are another sign of hidden water damage. This problem is often caused by the presence of moisture in the subfloor, which can be difficult to detect if you’re not looking for it. If you suspect this type of issue, contact a professional immediately to resolve the problem before it gets out of hand.
Many signs can indicate water damage, from simple musty odors to extensive mold growth. If you notice any of the above in your home, contact us immediately. We’ll assess the damage and help get your home back to normal.