We have all heard the saying, “If walls could talk.” Well, when it comes to leaking pipes behind walls, it really would be very beneficial to homeowners if walls could, in fact, talk. Hidden water damage behind walls can lead to serious problems and extensive repairs because it often goes unnoticed for prolonged periods of time until the damage has become extensive. Our walls cannot actually talk and tell us when water is leaking behind them, but they can show us signs of potential water damage if we know what to look for. We at Restoration 1 of McDonough would like to introduce some of the most common signs that indicate water is leaking behind your walls.
Leaking water behind walls will create a musty smell as it is absorbed into porous materials like wood, drywall, sheetrock, and insulation. Because areas with excess water and moisture are extremely vulnerable to mold growth, they may begin to have a strong musty odor. The odor will only grow stronger as mold grows and spreads. If you notice a pungent moldy smell in a certain area of your home, it is a good indicator that there is a hidden water leak behind it.
Stains And Discoloration
Water from a leak inside the walls will absorb into drywall and sheetrock. As this water increases saturation, 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 a hidden water leak.
Peeling Paint Or Wallpaper
Too much moisture behind the walls will eventually cause paint and wallpaper to peel and bubble up. Once the sheetrock has become fully saturated, the water will be pushed through it and come up behind paint and wallpaper. Flaking, peeling, and bubbling on walls are almost always signs of hidden water damage.
Warping Or Buckling Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
When too much water is present behind walls for extended periods of time, the sheetrock will bend and curve under the weight of the excess water. 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, mold growth will begin within 48 hours of water exposure. 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.
If you notice any potential signs of water damage in your home in McDonough, call the water damage cleanup experts right away. Our trained professionals are able to identify the signs of water damage, find the source, get it stopped, and then cleanup any damage. For all your water damage cleanup needs, look no further than Restoration 1.
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