Does your home have water damage? If you don’t know what to look for, you may miss the early signs until it’s too late. Learn the five common signs of water damage so your repairs won’t become too extensive!
Higher Water Bills
Have you noticed your water bill suddenly gotten a lot higher? It’s a subtle sign, especially if your payments automatically come out of your account, but it hints at a bad leak and water damage in the walls. Although water bills almost always will fluctuate from month to month, a sudden spike signals a problem!
Damp, Musty, or Mouldy Smells
Damp, musty, or mouldy smells can be an indicator of water damage. Dampness has such a distinct smell – it’s hard to miss. This smell often comes with the smell of mould and, unfortunately, water damage.
Cracking Drywall, Bubbling, Paint And Discolourations
In many cases, you may first notice water damage as discolourations in the walls and ceiling. If the drywall or paint shows cracks, bubbling, or flakes, it’s a sure sign that water damage is present behind the walls. These watermarks can be very telling – they look like dark spots or yellowish-brown stains – and usually have only one cause.
Dark, Wet Spots On Flooring
Look for water damage on your flooring, too. Wood and composite materials like flooring or cabinets will swell or warp when wet, with stains that appear white or dark (depending on the flooring colour). If you have finished hardwood, it may also lose its shine. Carpets and fabric flooring will have dark spots when wet, and in some situations, the material can start to wear or even fall apart.
On upper floors, tell-tale signs most likely indicate an issue with the pipes and roofing; if your basement flooring shows spots, it could be those too, as well as problems with your exterior drainage around the foundation. An
Pooling Water or Puddles
The most obvious sign of water damage is the most extreme – actual water pooling on the floors. Leaks or ongoing drips can lead to puddles, and if this water comes back once you’ve cleaned it up, it’s a sure sign that there is a leak in your home.
How Can I Check for Water Damage?
Detecting leaks and pooling is essential for preventing large-scale property damage, mould growth, and massive repair bills. Luckily, once you know what to look (or smell) for, checking for them is simple! A basic check for water damage requires nothing more than your eyes, nose, hands, and time. You can use special tools to detect moisture behind the walls, too!
Walk next to all the interior walls of your home and keep an eye out for the five signs of water damage outlined above. If you see dark spots, stains, or other indications, touch the spots to see if they are wet. If the surface is damp or spongy, the odds are there is a leak, broken pipe, or drainage problem!