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How to Recognize Hidden Water Damage

Posted on 12:30 am by IRCS

mold hidden behind moldThere are many areas in your home where water damage can occur. Sometimes water damage may be easily noticeable; other times hidden water damage can continue for months, or even for over a year before its effects are discovered. But if you are aware of some of the signs of hidden water damage, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to stop the problem before the damage becomes too extensive.

How Does Water Damage Occur:

  • Leaky Pipes
  • Sewer Backups
  • Rain
  • Leaks in the Roof
  • Cracks in the Foundation
  • Flooding
  • As a result of putting out a large fire

Some of the signs of water damage are easy to spot, such as stains on drywall or on the ceiling. But hidden water damage can also cause problems you won’t see, such as mold. Mold occurs most often in areas such as the basement, bathrooms and laundry rooms and attics. If you can’t see it, you will probably smell it. A musty smell in your basement, attic, or seemingly from behind walls can indicate the presence of mold.

If you smell or see mold, it is very important to call a professional as soon as possible because mold can cause serious health problems for you and your family.

Other signs of hidden water damage include:

  • Wallpaper that is peeling away
  • Swelling baseboards or trim
  • The presence of moisture on the carpeting, floor or ceiling
  • Grout between tiles that has turned dark
  • Difficulty opening and closing a door due to swelling wood

Even though these signs may not always indicate water damage, it is worth making sure. You want to stop the problem before it leads to even more serious damage.

For professional water damage cleanup, contact Indiana Restoration and Cleaning Services. Call our water damage specialists at 317-776-9942 for more information today. 

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