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How to tell if there is water damage inside of your walls

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

Staining on ceiling These clients noticed staining on their ceiling which lead to finding a leak in their upstairs bathroom.

If your building has been exposed to a flood, hurricane, or another disastrous event, contacting a water restoration service will provide you with quick, effective remediation. While most of the water damage will be immediately apparent, water within the walls is a subtle issue to be wary of. The following guide highlights some signs of this issue, so you know when to contact a professional.

3 Signs of a Water Leak Behind the Walls

1. Stains

Water stains can appear on the ceiling and interior walls, and they may look like brown rings or discolored paint. The visual changes are caused by the wall's saturated materials. If there were existing water signs on the walls or ceilings, monitor them in the following weeks to determine if they're darkening or growing.

2. Musty Smell

If water leaks within the walls and is absorbed by the surrounding drywall, sheetrock, or wood paneling, you'll likely detect a musty, slightly dank odor. If you notice this scent emanating from the interior, it's crucial to contact a water restoration professional immediately. This is because the scent is often a sign of mold growth, which can put your family at risk of health effects.

3. Peeling or Bubbling

Noticing water stains can be challenging if your walls are painted or covered with wallpaper. However, you can identify damage by checking the wall covering's condition. The adhesive on wallpaper won't effectively stick to a saturated wall, and the moisture will cause coats of paint to bubble.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, give SERVPRO of Oldsmar/Westchase a call today!


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