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Sure Signs of Water Damage

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

Water damage to a home is a much more serious problem than many people realize. Aside from the obvious property damage, water damage can also affect your health when left untreated. Indoor mold exposure can lead to a myriad of health issues including; allergic reaction, asthma and many other serious respiratory issues.

Water Stains

A tell tale sign of water damage. Stains that appear on the wall, floor or ceiling without any apparent explanation are most likely an undetected water leak in your roof or walls. Satins can appear obvious or in some cases is simply a slightly dark discoloration. While inspecting the surface of your walls/ceilings may be an obvious step, be sure to take a close look at the corners where walls meet the ceiling, floors and each other for discoloration was well.

Humidity and Dampness

Unexplained humidity or dampness in your home can be a sign of an undetected water leak. Check for wet surfaces such as counters, walls etc where water should not be accumulating. Often times a leak nearby is the culprit.


Mold can be found anywhere moisture and oxygen are present. Unless it's simply a case of finding a small amount on your shower curtain liner - mold in your home is a serious problem. A mold problem is usually indicative of one or both of two things, humidity issues or a water leak. In cases of mold, unless the source of the excess water is apparent, a professional is probably a necessity.

Strange Noises/Dripping

While the sound of water dripping is obvious, leaking water can sometimes take on deceptive sounds in a home. Listen closely when the house is at its quietest moments (night time when the traffic outside is at a minimum and most people are sleeping). Water leaks can sometimes be identified by a scratching or rushing noise not necessarily associated in our minds with water.

Soft Spots or Paint Damage

Paint and wood are often the first to show signs of water damage in a home. Warped floor boards or peeling paint is often a reliable sign of water damage.

Health Issues

A sudden onset of respiratory health issues could be indicative of a water induced mold problem. Mold is known to cause a myriad of health issues including respiratory infections, asthma and severe allergic reaction.

Recognizing the early signs of water damage in your home can not only save you money on costly repairs but eliminate potentially serious health concerns as well.

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Renee Laurin

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