Most people assume that it is easy to detect a water leak or a busted pipe, but the truth is, sometimes the signs of water damage hard to note. These may be behind your walls, under your floorboards, or even on the exterior of your house. There are various signs that will indicate the presence of water damage. These include:
1) Water pooling
The most obvious sign of water damage is presence of areas of standing or pooling water. These can be as a result from old or malfunctioning appliances such as washers, water heaters and toilets. A puddle could also occur from a leaking roof, or from drainage pipes if the water is on the outside of your home. These will serve as a sign of water damage. This will occur if the water damage is huge.
When water damage occurs on the ceiling, look for water spots and stains. The area where the damage has occurred may appear wet or dry and can be a yellow, brown or copper color. In case of water damage on the walls there will be staining, bubbling, cracking and peeling paint or wallpaper.
3) Change in texture
In case of water damage in the floor there will be discoloration, but the main sign of water damage in floors is changes in texture. This is a result of water seeping into the floorboards and areas underneath them. The texture variation that will occur include:
Warping- Temperature and humidity changes lead to warping, causing curling on the edges or gaps between floorboards. Warping can also happen in ceilings and it may also happen as a result of water damage.
Buckling- This occurs in wood floors when one side of the wood becomes detached from the substrate and faces upward.
Sagging/Sinking- It may come to your notice the presence of soft spots in hardwood floors due to presence of rotten wood, which feels spongy compared to normal wood. Water can leak into subflooring of all kinds of flooring material and results in sagging.
Expansion- In case of wood and laminated floors they tend to “expand” when they absorb too much water since the material swells and then separates.
An odor is another sign of water damage. It is caused by mold and mildew. The smell can appear from walls, basements, or other parts where water has been gathering for a while. Certain drywall materials can act like a sponge and become full of moisture because there is low air circulation. This is the ideal situation for mold to grow, which will eventually cause visual discoloration and a noticeable odor.
5) Drops of water
Sometimes water damage may be minimal and therefore the leakage might be small, hence water pooling may not occur. In this case one may note drops of water from a damaged pipe or a leaking roof in the absence of a ceiling. This will be an indication of water damage that requires to be addressed.