Common Signs of Water Damage to Watch For

May 15, 2020

Water damage poses a serious threat to your home. It can result from storms, a leaking roof, plumbing problems or foundational issues, and the result can be structural damage to your home that will only worsen over time if you fail to take the proper remediation steps.

Water damage causes billions of dollars in losses to homeowners every year. You might think you’ll be able to resolve water damage issues by yourself, but in more severe cases, the problem is likely to be significantly worse than it may appear based solely on what you can see. This is why it’s crucial to call for professional water damage restoration if you notice signs of water damage in your Erie County home.

But what exactly are those signs? Here are just a few of the telltale signs of water damage you should watch for in your home:

  • Dark or wet spots:
    Carefully analyze ceilings and walls and see if you can find any areas that are darker, wet or discolored. These could be signs of water damage, especially if also paired with any of the other signs below.
  • Flaking drywall:
    If you have drywall in your home that has started to flake or crack, or if you notice areas where the drywall appears to be bubbling, these could all be signs of potential exposure to water resulting in damage.
  • Smells:
    Water damage often results in mold or mildew forming, and that will have a very characteristic smell to it. If you notice the musty mold smell in a particular area that you believe could have been affected by water, this is a clear sign of water damage. In some cases, you might also smell sewage coming from nearby plumbing fixtures, depending on the cause of the water damage and the source of the water that entered your home.
  • Increase in water bills:
    Have you noticed a sudden, unexplained increase in your water bills? This could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere on your property that you haven’t noticed yet. Carefully inspect all of your plumbing fixtures and pipes that you can see, and be on the lookout for signs of leaks behind walls and ceilings.
  • Hearing water running:
    Have you been hearing water running even when all the fixtures in your home are turned off? This could be another sign of a leak somewhere in your plumbing and on your property. Call in a professional to investigate the issue and point them in the direction of where you’re hearing the running water.
  • Wet spots:
    If you notice any wet spots or puddles around pipes, toilets, taps or sinks, this could be a sign of water damage that could affect your home.

These are just a few examples of some of the most common warning signs of water damage that will necessitate professional remediation services. For more information, we encourage you to contact Ahold of Mold Environmental for professional water damage restoration and mold removal in Erie County. We look forward to assisting you.

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