Water Damage Restoration – Early Signs Of Water Damage

The most common type of emergency restoration service is for water damage. It’s not necessarily a question of “if water damage will happen”, but “when will it happen”, and how can you find it as quickly as possible? Fast action when dealing with water disasters in your home in Troy is critical in successful water damage restoration, so it is important to find the problem as soon as it arises. Early signs of water damage can sometimes be overlooked, but if you know what to look for you can increase your chances of finding water damage before the problem becomes severe. At On-Site Speciality Cleaning, we have experienced the most common early warning signs of water damage in homes in Troy.

Early Signs Of Water Damage

  • Musty Odors: A damp, musty, or moldy smell that suddenly appears is often a sign of water damage. These strong smells will usually be more prevalent in a specific area, and do not go away on their own. These smells can often be associated with laundry rooms, attics, and crawl spaces. It is important to be aware of new smells, or stronger smells, as they could be signs that water damage is present. 
  • Sounds Of Water Running: Hearing water running, especially when all fixtures are turned off or not in use, can be an indication that there is water leaking somewhere. Sometimes, because of the hustle and bustle of daily activity, these sounds can be overlooked or easily dismissed. The best time to listen for water running is when the house is quiet, and all appliances are off (typically at night or early in the morning).
  • Dark Or Wet Spots: Walls and ceilings will often show signs of water damage through staining or discoloration. Dark or wet spots on walls and ceilings are sure giveaway signs that there is water where it should not be. These spots can range in size, shape, and shade of color. Sometimes these discolored areas will even appear darker or more noticeable than other times, for example when its raining outside a ceiling spot could look darker. The reason these spots and stains may change in shade is from exposure to water during certain events, then they are allowed to dry, and then they are exposed to water again. Prolonged and repeated water damage could mean serious problems so have any dark or wet spots checked for water damage as soon as you notice them.
  • Peeling Or Bubbling Paint: Since most of the plumbing in our houses is hidden behind walls, when leaks occur they will often show in those walls. A common sign of water damage behind walls is bubbling or peeling paint or wallpaper. As moisture builds up behind the drywall, it will begin to seep through and make the paint bubble up and peel. It is important to spot these signs early so that the water damage can be stopped before more severe damage to the wall can occur like bowing or cracking. 

Water Damage Restoration In Troy

Some of the signs of water damage are easy to spot, while others require a bit more attention to detail. Still, if you suspect that there is or has been water damage in your home, do not hesitate to call On Site Cleaning and Restoration. Since fast action is crucial to the water damage restoration process, you need a team like On Site on your side to extract, mitigate, and dry your home and provide successful and timely restoration.