Signs Of Water Damage In The Home

It can be tricky to spot water damage sometimes. Seemingly innocuous details can actually be an indication of water damage and it is best to catch it as soon as you can to prevent further damage from occurring. Your home or business property is an investment and you surely want to keep it in its best condition to retain its value. Water damage can reach all parts of your home and can pose health issues if not addressed as soon as possible. Many times, water damage can be silently destroying your property before rearing its ugly head and then costs can be quite high. However, there are signs to look out for to try to avoid this.

Musty Odor

Any damp room that doesn’t have proper ventilation may have a musty smell over time but if you are experiencing unexplained dampness in the property, it’s possible you may have some water damage. This will mostly be accompanied by a musty odor. Some of the common areas to check include bathrooms, basement, and kitchen. The smell tends to be stronger in areas where the leakage is occurring. The musty odor is almost similar to that of wet paper.

Water Rings On Ceiling and Walls

Water rings on the ceiling and walls are a sign that there is leakage in the pipes. The rings are easy to spot, but you should also check for water stains on the walls and the ceiling. The common places to inspect are areas along the plumbing lines.


Mold grows and thrives in damp conditions. If you spot mold growing in any part of the home, that is a certain sign there is dampness somewhere in the home. Mold usually grows in colonies that appear as blotches of black, grey, green, blue, or orange growth in different textures. Mold is usually responsible for the musty smell in damp homes. Inspect for mold under the sink, in the cabinets where there are water lines, and in the basement. Mold mostly grows in areas that are dark and damp. They can severely damage wooden parts and negatively affect the health of those who inhabit the property.

Sagging Floor Spots

Sagging spots on the floor, especially around the kitchen or laundry area, can also be a sign of water damage. If there are leaking appliances such as the washing machine or the dishwasher, water could get under the flooring material and make it sag.

Cracked Or Warped Tiles

Water damage on tiles usually makes the tiles warp and crack as the water makes the material expand. Be sure to inspect all corners and parts of the house where you do not access regularly.

Sound Of Water, Running Or Leaking

Some of the culprits of water damage are faucets, shower heads, and taps. If your water system is outdated, you are likely to experience water damage in these areas of your home. If you listen closely, you may hear the sound of water dripping on the floor. It is advisable to inspect your water system yearly to fix any issues that can cause water damage.

High Utility Bill

If you live in a big mansion, it may not be easy to identify signs of water damage. If your utility bill shoots up all of a sudden, you should check for signs of leaks along the visible water lines. You can call a plumber to inspect the property if you are unable to find these signs yourself.

There is nothing pleasant about water damage and any chance you have to avoid it can be incredibly worthwhile. Regular inspection and repair to your home or business property can have a significant impact on the health of your building and discourage water damage from becoming a much larger issue.

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