5 Signs of Hidden Water Damage
We’ve all been there; taking a trip down to the basement to store some things only to find a small puddle in one of the corners or walking past our kitchen and pausing because we heard a faint but tedious sound coming from the faucet. Once we noticed these things a plumber was immediately called and the issues were then resolved. But, what about the damage we can’t see or hear? The damage that can go on for weeks, sometimes months before we see the consequences.
The plumbing technicians at ServiceMaster by Metzler have the expertise and experience to be able to provide some tips and warnings to help you discover any hidden water damage in your home or business! The following list includes some of the most common warning signs that may point to a hidden leak:
Stains on the wall:
Should you come across any specks or stains on your walls and ceilings, that indicates that there is a leak coming from another part of your home or property. These stains tend to be a brown, copper type of color.
Chipping or peeling paint:
Moisture has the ability to penetrate and break the adhesive between paint and a wall. Because of this, the damage is a little more obvious to capture since the paint begins to raise and crack.
Changes in flooring: If you notice your flooring is starting to shift in directions or new stains have started to come about, this is a sign that a hidden leak is most likely taking place. Depending on the type of flooring the behaviors vary: tiled floors may loosen, carpeting may feel moist, and wood may start to lift.
Musty smells/unpleasant odors:
When it comes to scents we come across in our homes, there is a big difference between the smell that lingers after cooking a meal and a smell that has been lingering for weeks on end due to a hidden leak. The smell can start off very subtle but, will build up slowly. Be very mindful of the odors in your home and when in doubt ask for a second opinion from someone who does not reside there.
Misshaped door frame/alignment:
Just as the paint on your walls can start to change and deteriorate, a leak can also be responsible for the changed shape in your door frame. If you noticed that lately closing or opening a door has become difficult you may be dealing with a hidden leak in the wall.
These signs may not be obvious to capture at first but, the causes of water damage are a bit easier to keep track of. As you may know, water damage is caused by an excess amount of water being pooled into a certain area. Some of the main causes of water damage include:
- Leaking pipes
- Plumbing issues
- Natural Disasters
- HVAC issues
- Broken household appliances
Once you’re aware of potential causes, it’s easier to keep an eye on them and help stop the problem before it escalates to some serious damage.
If you’ve encountered any of these signs, give ServiceMaster by Metzler a call! All of our technicians are certified and only use the best methods to restore any and all types of water damage.