Walking into your basement and seeing water is an obvious sign of a flood. When you can actually see water pooling in places it shouldn’t be, you know there is water damage. But, did you know that water damage could happen without us even knowing? We at Valleywide Restoration would like to inform you of some signs of hidden water damage that you should be aware of in your Chandler home:
A musty odor or moldy smell is a common sign that there is water damage. The smell is often strongest in the area where the water damage initially occurred, but can easily spread throughout the home. Musty smells typically mean there is mold growth present, and mold is very dangerous. If you notice a new smell, or the smell becomes stronger, do not wait to get it checked.
If you can see mold growth, then there is absolutely water where it shouldn’t be. Mold thrives where there is a consistent source of moisture, so areas that remain damp for extended periods of time will begin to grow mold. Mold may appear black, blue, green, or gray, and often looks fuzzy. Mold often grows in places we cannot see (which is why hidden water damage is so important to find), and can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, along floorboards, in attics, etc. Mold poses serious health threats if inhaled or ingested, and should be handled immediately by trained professionals.
Stains and discoloration are also signs of potential water damage. Most water stains will appear as a yellowish-brown color, and will expand into shapes with irregular borders. Typically, water stains on the walls and ceiling indicate a slow and consistent leak, and can typically be traced to a plumbing fixture or pipe. If you noticed discolored spots in your home, get them checked for water damage.
There are many different things to look for in the walls, floors, and ceilings of our homes when inspecting for water damage. Here are some of the most obvious signs of hidden water damage in the structural elements of our homes:
Look for any changes in your walls, floors, and ceilings, and be sure to get any suspicious or changing areas checked for hidden water damage.
A sudden, unexplained increase in your water usage or water bill could be another sign of hidden water damage. Review your bill every month in comparison with prior bills. There will be some months where water usage increases (for example, you will probably water your lawn more in the summer, and not need to in the winter). However, a sudden spike could mean there is a bigger issue. Make sure that appliances that use water are not running water when they are not in use, and check visible pipes for any possible leaks. If there is a sudden increase in your water usage that you cannot explain, look for the above signs for hidden water damage.
If you do happen to find any of the above signs of water damage in your home, do not hesitate to call a water damage restoration company. With the proper training, experience, and equipment, restoration companies will be able to find the source of the water, get it stopped, and restore and repair any damage your home received. Valleywide Restoration is a family owned and operated company that started in Mesa, Arizona. We have been helping resolve water damage issues in Chandler and surrounding areas since 2000, and will handle all your water damage needs.