Water damage that occurs behind walls and under floorboards or in areas we cannot see is very dangerous to the structural components of your home. The excess moisture from hidden water damage gets absorbed by the materials that make up your home, like wood, the foundation, drywall and insulation. The longer the water goes unnoticed and untreated, the more damage it causes to these materials until they begin to break down. Hidden water damage can also lead to mold growth that can spread throughout the home. Allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and other respiratory problems are common symptoms of mold exposure, and will worsen over time. It is critical to respond to water damage as soon as it is noticed, and to not let it sit untreated for extended amounts of time. This can be difficult if the water damage is occurring in places we cannot see.
From our water damage restoration experts at All Clear Services, here are some signs you can look for that indicate there may be hidden water damage in your home:
Leaking water within walls and ceiling will get absorbed by the sheetrock and drywall. As this water is absorbed, it causes noticeable stains and discoloration. If you notice spots on walls or ceilings that are new, continually growing larger, or changing color (getting darker), it is usually a good indication that there is hidden water damage.
Excess water or moisture creates a musty smell after it gets absorbed by porous materials (insulation, drywall, sheetrock, wood, etc.). While smells can linger and travel, if a musty odor is really strong in one particular area, that is a good indication that there is water damage hidden nearby.
Too much moisture build up behind the wall will eventually cause paint and wallpaper to start bubbling and peeling. If there is visible bubbling and peeling, then the sheetrock behind the walls has absorbed too much water for it to maintain, so it begins to soak through the walls. Flaking off of walls is also a sign of hidden water damage.
When porous materials absorb too much water, they begin to curve, warp, and buckle. Excessive warping threatens the structural integrity of the home, and can lead to extensive repairs. Check your walls, floors, and ceilings for any signs of warping or buckling, and get them checked immediately if you notice it.
Mold growth occurs in areas where excess moisture is present, mainly under cabinets, and around bathroom plumbing fixtures (tubs, showers, toilets, etc.). Mold can be black, dark green, and have a fuzzy appearance. If you notice visible mold along baseboards or walls that are not near any plumbing mixtures, there is like a hidden source of water damage. At the first sight of mold, wherever it may be, call a professional water damage restoration company to get it cleaned up.
If you notice any signs of hidden water damage, or suspect there may be water damage in your home, don’t waste any time calling for help. The water damage restoration experts at All Clear Services are here to help. We can help identify the source of the water damage, get it stopped, and restore your home before any other problems arise. When you need water damage restoration in Parson, KS, call All Clear Services.