You know when you watch home improvement shows, the ones where they buy old homes and then fix them up? So often when they start tearing down walls or ripping up floors they find mold or rot from prior water damage that was not properly cleaned. When water damage occurs in areas we cannot see (like behind walls or under floors), we can leave our homes susceptible to the same fate – mold and rot. So, how can you catch water damage if you can’t actually see the leak? Here are some signs you can look for in your Oakland home that indicate water damage:
Leaking water behind walls will create a musty smell as it is absorbed into porous materials like wood, drywall, sheet rock, and insulation. Because areas with excess water and moisture are extremely vulnerable to mold growth, they may begin to have a strong musty odor as mold develops. The odor will only grow stronger as mold grows and spreads. If you notice a pungent musty smell in a certain area of your home, it is a good indicator that there is a hidden water damage behind it.
Water from a leak inside the walls or ceiling will absorb into drywall and sheetrock. As this water saturation increases, discoloration and staining will occur. Brown, tan, dark, and wet spots on walls and ceilings are often indicators of water leaks. If you notice spots that are changing in color or growing in size, have them checked – odds are they are being caused by water damage.
Once the sheetrock has become fully saturated by too much moisture, the water will be pushed through it and come up behind paint and wallpaper, causing it to peel or bubbles to appear. Flaking, peeling, and bubbling paint or wallpaper on walls are almost always signs of hidden water damage.
When too much water is present behind walls for an extended amount of time, the sheetrock will bend and curve under the weight of the excess water. This warping can lead to structural damage, which compromises the integrity of the home. Ceilings can also begin to buckle when too much water has been absorbed, and floorboards can warp. Any changes in structures like walls, ceilings, and floors should be evaluated for hidden water damage.
Mold growth first appears in areas that have excess water and moisture. If a leak is occurring behind a wall, or anywhere else you may not be able to see, it creates the perfect environment for mold. Once mold begins growing, it will also begin to spread. If mold appears on your walls, baseboards, ceilings, or anywhere in your home (especially in areas that are not near any plumbing fixtures), there is a source of water feeding the old growth somewhere. Mold can appear as tiny spots, fuzzy in appearance, or in larger clumps. Ranging from greens to browns, blacks and even whites, mold can be many different colors. If you notice or suspect mold growth, do not attempt to clean it or remove it on your own. Call in professionals right away, who can not only handle mold cleanup but who can also address the hidden water leak causing mold to grow.
At Aladdin’s Cleaning, we know that water damage comes in many forms and can affect many different areas of your home. We know how serious water damage can be, especially if it is hidden and goes unnoticed for extended amounts of time. That is why we offer the best water damage cleaning services in Oakland. If you suspect water damage in your home, or have a water damage emergency, give us a call so we can get it clean quickly and properly.