It is critical to respond to water damage as soon as it is noticed, and to not let water sit untreated for extended amounts of time. The longer water damage goes unresolved, the worse the damage becomes. This can prove a difficult task if the water damage is occurring in places we cannot see (i.e. behind walls or in the ceiling). Here are some signs of water damage you should be aware of in your home:
Water leaking within walls and ceilings 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.
When excess water or moisture gets absorbed by porous materials (insulation, drywall, sheetrock, wood, etc.) the result will be a musty smell. 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 walls 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, 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 for water damage immediately if you notice any signs of structural changes.
Mold growth occurs in areas where excess moisture is present, commonly under cabinets and around bathroom plumbing fixtures (tubs, showers, toilets, etc.). Mold can be black, dark green, or white, and sometimes has 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 and mold damage restoration company to get it cleaned up.
Knowing what to look for when it comes to water damage will help you find the problem sooner, and get it resolved before more damage is allowed to occur. If your home in Sugar Land has sustained water damage, the water damage restoration experts at 24/7 Restoration Specialists are standing by to help. Our team members are experts in water damage cleanup, mitigation, and repair – which include the emergency removal of water, and reducing the chances of secondary damages such as mold growth. Don’t waste any time when it comes to water damage, and call 24/7 Restoration Specialists at the first sign of water damage.