Homeowners are right to be wary of water damage. It’s a mar upon a costly investment and can lead to more problems down the road. This is why it’s important to address issues as soon as you can spot them. However, not all water damage is immediately evident. In fact, many of the symptoms won’t show up until it’s been there a while.
By that time, sometimes the damage is already quite extensive. To avoid that from happening to you and your home, let’s discuss the 5 sure signs that your home has water damage.
You have water damage if there’s mold growth
Mold grows quite quickly. It actually only takes 2 days for mold to start growing when the conditions for it are ideal. If you spot any mold growing in your home, you should take it as a sure sign that there’s excess moisture coming from somewhere. You can try to wipe off the mold or clean the area that but that’s just a temporary fix to a reoccurring issue.
If you don’t fix the source of the excess moisture, be prepared to have more spores return.
You have water damage if there’s a musty odor
This is particularly true for basements and cellars. A musty odor is a pretty good sign that there’s mildew or mold growing somewhere it’s not supposed to be. The smell is unmistakable and is pretty striking. So if you smell this in any part of your home, it’s best to put your investigator’s cap on and search for the source. Once you spot the source of the smell, determine what’s helping that musty smell exist.
You have water damage if you have an odd spike in your water bill
If you get your monthly bill and you notice a rather inexplicable spike in your water bill, there’s a pretty good chance that there’s a leak somewhere in your home. Depending on where the leak is, it can get pretty tricky to spot or it may not have bled through yet so visible signs can be difficult to see.
It’s important that you inspect each part of your home–particularly the usually neglected areas like the crawlspace and the attic. If it’s not your plumbing, it might be your HVAC unit that is causing the buildup of excess moisture or leaks.
You have water damage if your wooden floors cup
If the area beneath a wooden floor is wet or has excessive moisture, the planks above it will start cupping. This is particularly true for cement slabs. For the unfamiliar, cupping refers to the sides of flooring that are higher than its center. This means that there is a concave shape occurring in what should be a flat surface.
When left alone, there’s a risk of ruining the wooden floor altogether. Catching the early signs is important. You can have a crew come in and find the source of the moisture. The crew can fix the issue and save the floor completely. Also, they can even replace the affected planks for you.
You have water damage if your paint is peeling or bubbling
This usually is the most visible on walls that have plumbing pipes travelling in its cavity. There’s a high probability of leaks coming from the pipes. When bubbling occurs, it’s ultimately better to have a crew come in. They can make use of thermal imagery to find any moisture spots without having to touch the wall.
If you spot any of these signs in your home, it’s important to act fast and stem any water damage before it gets worse.