Water Rings or Wet Spots
Water damage can appear on your walls and ceiling in the form of dark water rings or wet spots. Often, the location on the wall or ceiling is discolored. Dark spots mean the water damage is more recent., while lighter yellowish or brown marks typically means the damage has been there for a while. Regularly check your home’s walls and ceilings for marks close to where you have plumbing for any signs of water damage.
Cracking or Bubbling in Walls
Another hidden sign of water damage is cracking or bubbling in your walls. When there is water damage in your home, in most cases, the drywall will try to absorb the moisture which causes it to expand and bubble up. Seeing a bubble or warped wall is an indicator that the inside of the wall in that spot is wet. Walls can also crack, and paint will begin to peel over time if they have been exposed to water damage.
Sounds of Running Water
This one may sound obvious but if you hear running water or dripping, it could mean that you have a leak somewhere in your home. Depending on the severity of the leak, it can lead to unwanted water damage. When the house is quiet, go around to areas of the house that have plumbing, and try to listen to any sounds that might indicate a leak.
Increased Humidity Levels
If your home has water damage, you will most likely have a high humidity level in your home as well. You can check to see if you have increased humidity levels by checking your walls to see if they feel damp. You may also notice that your counters feel wet from condensation as well.
Spike in Utility Bills
If you received your monthly utility bill and noticed an unexplained spike in price, there’s a good chance you may have a case of water damage. Having a water leak may cause your plumbing to work overtime meaning your bill will be higher. If you notice a sudden increase in pricing, do a general assessment to make sure there are no leaks or water damage in your home.
A telling sign of water damage in your home is experiencing a moldy smell. Mold generally has a damp and rotten smell and is easy to distinguish. To look for mold in your home, be cautious of spots that are black, blue, grey, or white in color. Sometimes though, mold can be invisible to the eye. If you suspect you have mold in your home from water damage, it may require mold remediation. It’s important to reach out to a professional mold remediation team to address the problem quickly and efficiently. If not handled properly, mold in the home can lead to several respiratory and other health issues.