Hidden Water Damage

Signs of Hidden Water Damage You Should Look Out For

Did your house withstand a harsh storm and heavy rainfall? Or was your pipe broken causing havoc in your house? If your house was flooded recently there are possibilities that the damage it caused wasn’t fully recovered. The water that entered your house, seeped into the basement, walls, gaps between the tiles, and wooden furniture. You have been unaware of this the whole time. This little amount of water that seeped in can become too problematic too soon.

Sometimes, it’s not the flood but the damaged structure of your house that leads to water damage in your house. Well, there could be more reasons why you have hidden water damage in your house, for example, burst pipes behind the wall. Whatever the reason might be, hidden damage needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Hidden leaks don’t look as dangerous as floods but they can still cause fatal accidents if not treated in time and with proper technique and quality material.

There have been many cases of the roof collapsing because of water damage. The water that seeps into the structure of your roof slowly and steadily ruins its structure and makes it weak. Before you know it, the roof collapses and causes a lot of damage to your property, belongings, and the people in the house.

We are not magicians, and neither are you. You cannot stop the falling roof. But there is something that you can do.

Be more vigilant, don’t ignore the signs of a hidden water leak. The sooner you identify the water leak the better it is. But do you know how to identify if your house has any hidden leaks or not?

We consider all of you a part of our family and hence we do not wish for such accidents to happen to anyone. Hence, we are sharing our knowledge with you. These are some of the most common signs of hidden water damage that you should not ignore under any circumstances.

Educate yourself, then take a look at your property entirely. Check the swimming pool area, the roof, under the sink, near the window, and basically each and every corner.

If you identify any of the following signs in your house pick up your mobile phone and give us a call to book an appointment. We will be more than happy to help you out and solve your problems.

We provide  24-hour emergency restoration services, so even if you are reading this late at night, you can still get in touch with us. We shall discuss your situation in detail. If you schedule a service, we will be there the soonest to keep your house safe from water damage.

Well, you can try some cheap DIY, but that will not solve your issue. Even the materials used to build the house can create a problem. The materials you use in your DIY might not be compatible with the material with which the walls are made of. You will just end up wasting your money and time and might end up hurting yourself too.

With several years of experience in this field, we have developed strategies to tackle various problems. Our experts will first inspect your house and then propose a solution that is perfect for you. If your house was flooded, we will also make sure that you have enough evidence to claim insurance without any hassle.

Fixing the hidden water damage on your own is not possible. You will need some fancy machines to remove all the moisture from your house. We have all the necessary equipment and expertise to remove all the excess moisture from your house. The moisture that is hidden in the walls, gaps, and furniture, all of it.

It is not just the machines we use. We inspect your house carefully and see to it that no water damage has been left untouched. After inspection, we decide on a procedure we need to follow and start working immediately. We don’t intend on causing a lot of inconvenience. So wrap our project up as soon as possible without compromising on the quality of our service.

Alright then, without any further ado, let us understand the signs of hidden water damage that you should be cautious about the most.

Unpleasant Smells Around the House

Does your house smell very moldy and musty? Basically not really fresh. If your air purifiers are perfectly fine the cause might be bacteria in the hidden regions of your house. Well, there could be other reasons too like pet urine, unclean carpets, old furniture, and more. This smell is more prevalent in dark areas like near your sink, bathroom, washing machine water outlet, inside the cupboard, basement, and unused storage units.

Why do you get this smell? It is because of mildew or mold growth in dark areas of your house that have been holding moisture for a long time. Maybe it was raining heavily and some water seeped into your house, got trapped in the cracks and crevices of your wooden floor, and became a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Using more air fresheners and different machines to circulate fresh smells will not eliminate the root cause. It will just add to your expenses and soon this little problem will cause a huge mess in your house.

If your house smells musty, especially after rain, you got to give Flood Kings a call. You may not be able to find exactly where the water is trapped, but our technology and experienced experts will.

Mold Growth

Mold is one sneaky little fun guy (pun intended). You will never know exactly where it’s growing. All it needs is a dark space with some moisture. It can cause a lot of damage to your property and your family’s health. Mold can be invisible to the eye if it is in areas we don’t regularly see. It can cause health issues over time.

Some symptoms of mold growth in your house:

  • Musty odor
  • You will find yourself regularly sneezing
  • Skin rashes
  • Respiratory issues
  • Infection in the eyes

Sometimes molds grow so much that you cannot ignore them whenever you walk past them. It is an obvious sign of a water leak in your house. In fact, visible mold indicates high moisture content in your house. And yes, it looks disgusting. You have to do something about it.

The right thing to do would be, to get in touch with a mold remediation company. We will first eliminate the root cause, that is, the hidden moisture and we will also help you in removing the mold on your walls and other areas of the house. Our timely service can save you a lot of money in the long run. Deal with mold as soon as possible. It grows rapidly, cease it before it causes any problem to the young ones in your family.

Watch Out for Stains

You might have used expensive and high-quality paint to color your house. You probably wondered if this super-expensive paint will keep your house pretty for years to come. Your happy bubble is popped when you suddenly see a huge pale yellow or brown stain on your wall. Please don’t blame your super expensive paint, the real culprit is “moisture”. This stain is also a clear sign of bacterial formation inside and on your walls.

How does moisture actually leave these stains? Well, the moisture in the air condenses when the temperature goes below a certain temperature (dew point). The air which contains vapor and is in contact with the wall surface condenses and the water remains on your walls.

Later the water seeps into the walls if your wall isn’t great with water resistance. This moisture invites bacteria, allergens, and fungi causing that stain on your wall.

You can try DIY methods or repaint the wall if you want to do this over and over again. If not, give us a call. If you are looking for a permanent solution, Flood Kings has it. We have some really cool machinery that can absorb all hidden moisture. Once that is done you can repaint your wall to fix its appearance and your problem is solved.

Peeling Paint and Wallpaper

Seeing all the time, money, and work you put into upgrading your home destroyed by peeling paint is so heartbreaking. Peeling paint or bubble paint is a very clear sign of water damage.

The reason behind this peeling paint and/or bubble paint could be many including a low-quality primer, dirt on the wall’s surface before applying a fresh coat, and low-quality paint. If you have primed your wall and have also used good quality paint the problem could very well be water damage. It could be a broken pipe behind the drywall or high moisture content in the air.

A local repair business will just fix the small area where the paint is bubbling and you will think the problem is resolved. However, that is not the case. The water damage that was not discovered during this repair work will cause you more problems in the future.

Sagging Ceilings and Walls

The roof is the most important wall of any house. A normal roof will look even and straight. But a sagging roof bends in certain areas. You can easily tell that it has become really heavy and is not able to withstand so much weight.

A sagging ceiling is a huge red flag. Before you know the roof can collapse causing havoc in your house and some major casualties too. You have got to get in touch with a roofing expert and deal with the issue. However, before you do that you need to call us to remove all the moisture trapped in the wall so that after the repairs are done, you don’t have to worry about seeing your roof or walls sagging again.

Sudden Jump in Utility Bills

Are your latest utility bills costing you the earth? If you were not binge-watching Netflix the whole day, it is probably your water bill that is costing you so much money. It might be a leak in the water heater, the sink, or a leaking tap.

Find what is causing this issue. If it’s not visible it is possible the leak is behind the walls. This is even worse. A water leak behind the drywall can soon cause problems like mold growth, bubbling paint, and sagging walls.

Save your money! Give us a call to solve this water damage problem. We will help you find where the leak is and will also resolve the issue.

Water Damage Under the Sink

The area under the sink is always ignored by us until we see a puddle of water under the sink. The problem might be in your pipes, but this leaking pipe has filled your wall with enough moisture to cause huge mold formation.

Now that you know so many signs of water damage it is not very difficult for you to predict water damage under your sink. Is there a bad odor? Mold formation? Bubbling paint? If you can see these signs in your kitchen, start by taking a look under your sink.

The kitchen is one place in your home where cleanliness is a must. Mold formation is clearly not a sign of a clean environment. Do not endanger your family’s life.

Get in touch with Flood Kings before the problem escalates.

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