6 Indicators That Your Home May Have Hidden Water Damage

shutterstock_253880359Because water flows anywhere it wants to once it’s loose inside your house, it’s important to be aware of signs of water damage in hidden places. The number of interior voids and spaces where water may penetrate and remain unseen are almost unlimited. After that big conspicuous pool of standing water in the middle of the floor is dried up, be aware of these signs of water damage in hidden places:

  • Unpleasant odors. Hidden residual water stagnates and fosters mold and bacterial growth. This produces a musty, earthy smell that’s a red flag indicating unseen water damage.
  • Visual signs of mold growth. Airborne mold spores are microscopic and find their way into hidden nooks and crannies in the structure of the home. So does water. When moisture contacts dormant spores, active mold growth begins. If you notice fuzzy discolorations in out-of-the-way spaces, have them evaluated by a mold remediation professional.
  • Stains on walls and ceilings. Water that seeps into wall voids and the space between levels often manifests as a stain or blotch as it slowly saturates the adjacent wall board or ceiling.
  • Peeling paint. Another symptom of loose water inside wall spaces is peeling paint on the exterior of the wall. Drywall saturates and causes paint to lose adhesion.
  • Sagging walls and ceilings. Saturated drywall or ceiling materials become very heavy with the added water weight. Eventually, they begin to deform and buckle. Water-soaked walls and ceilings present a safety hazard if they collapse.
  • Floor effects. Water always seeks the lowest level and seeps under floor coverings like carpet, tile, and vinyl, soaking into the subfloor. Removal of some floor coverings, particularly carpet and padding, may be necessary to effectively dry the structure.

For more information on signs of water damage you may not notice, conttact Rytech, Inc.

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