Water can seep into your home from many different sources, including floods, leaking pipes, rain storms, or broken appliances. While some of the causes may be obvious, it is smart to watch out for signs of hidden water damage at all times.
If you have hidden water damage in your house, it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. The water that seeps into the structure of your home can slowly and steadily cause very serious structural damage.
The experts at Flood Kings can provide you with an accurate estimate for the damage, professional repairs, documentation of the costs to give to your insurance carrier, and a return to normalcy for you and other residents of the property.
The key to mitigating further damage is to be more vigilant. Don’t ignore the signs of a hidden water leak. The sooner you identify the water leak the better it is. But do you know how to identify whether your house has any hidden leaks?
If you identify any of the following common signs of hidden water damage in your house, pick up your phone and give Flood Kings a call.
Musty Smell Around the House
Does your house smell very moldy and musty? If your air purifiers are perfectly fine, the cause might be bacteria in the hidden regions of your house. There could be other reasons too like pet urine, unclean carpets, old furniture, and more. This smell is more prevalent in dark areas near your sink, bathroom, washing machine water outlet, cupboard, basement, and unused storage units.
Using more air fresheners and different machines to circulate fresh smells will not eliminate the root cause. It will just add to your expenses and soon this little problem will cause a huge mess in your house.
If your house contains musty smells, especially after rain, you must give Flood Kings a call. You may not be able to find exactly where the water is trapped, but our technology and experienced experts will.
Mold is one sneaky little fun guy (pun intended). You will never know exactly where it’s growing. All it needs is a dark space with some moisture. It can cause a lot of water damage to your property and your family’s health. Mold growth can be invisible to the eye if it is in areas we don’t regularly see. It can cause health issues over time.
Health concerns and other symptoms of mold growth in your house:
- Musty odor
- You will find yourself regularly sneezing
- Skin rashes
- Respiratory issues
- Infection in the eyes
Mold is an obvious sign of a water leak in your house. In fact, visible mold indicates high moisture content in your house. And yes, it looks disgusting. You have to do something about it.
The right thing to do would be, to get in touch with a mold remediation company. We will first eliminate the root cause, that is, the hidden water damage and we will also help you in removing the mold on your walls and other areas of the house. Our timely service can save you a lot of money on costly repairs for water damage in the long run, so let us deal with the mold as soon as possible.
Watch Out for Stains From a Hidden Water Leak
Do you notice a huge pale yellow or brown stain on your wall? Please don’t blame your super expensive paint, the real culprit is water damage. This stain is also a sign of bacterial formation inside and on your walls.
How does moisture actually leave these water stains? The air which contains vapor and is in contact with the wall surface condenses and the water remains on your walls. Later the water seeps into the walls and invites bacteria, allergens, and fungi causing that stain on the affected wall.
Peeling Paint and Wallpaper
Peeling paint or bubbles are a very clear sign of water damage. The reasons behind these symptoms could be many including a low-quality primer/paint or dirt on the wall’s surface before applying a fresh coat. If you have used high-quality primers or paints, the problem could very well be water damage. It could be a burst pipe behind the drywall or high moisture content in the air.
Fixing the small area where the flaking paint is located will not solve the problem. The water damage that created the issue could cause you more problems in the future if not dealt with properly.
Soft Spots/Sagging Ceilings and Walls
Sagging ceilings or walls are huge red flags that may indicate a leaky roof or another hidden water issue. Before you know it, the roof can collapse causing havoc in your house and some major casualties too. You have got to get in touch with a roofing expert to give immediate attention to the structural damage.
However, before you do that, you need to call us to remove all the leaking water trapped in the warped walls so that after the water damage repairs are done, you don’t have to worry about seeing your roof or walls sagging again.
Sudden Jump in Utility Bills
Are your latest utility bills costing you the earth? It might be a leak in the water heater, the sink, a leaking tap, or a burst pipe that is resulting in unnecessary water usage.
Find what is causing this issue. If it’s not visible, the water leaks may be behind the walls. A water leak behind the drywall can soon cause problems like mold growth, bubbling paint, and sagging walls.
Save money on your monthly water bill! Give us a call to solve this water damage problem if you notice an unexpected spike. We will help you find where the water seepage is and resolve the issue.
Excess Moisture Under the Sink
The area under the sink is always ignored until we see a puddle of water under the sink. The problem might be in your pipes, but this leaking pipe has filled the area with enough water to cause huge mold formation.
Knowing the most common signs of water damage can help you identify problems under the sink. Is there a musty odor? Mold formation? Bubbling paint? If you can see these water damage signs in your kitchen, start by taking a look under your sink.
What Do You Do After Noticing Signs of Water Damage? Call in the Experts at Flood Kings
We have all the necessary equipment and expertise to remove all the excess moisture from your house. The moisture is hidden in the walls, gaps, and furniture, all of it.
It is not just the equipment we use. We inspect your house carefully and see to it that no water damage has been left untouched and further damages are prevented. Protect the structural integrity of your home and keep your water bills low by knowing the signs of water damage and contacting the restoration experts as soon as possible.