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Water damage that occurs in areas of our homes that we cannot see is very dangerous and damaging to the structural components of the home. The excess moisture from hidden water damage gets absorbed in wood, drywall and insulation (just to name a few), and the longer it goes unnoticed and untreated, the more it causes these materials to break down. Hidden water damage can also lead to mold growth and spread throughout the home, where it is not easily detected. Allergic reactions, like sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and other respiratory problems, are common symptoms of mold exposure. If left unresolved, these symptoms will worsen over time. It is critical to respond to water damage as soon as it is noticed and to not let water damage sit untreated for extended amounts of time. This can prove a difficult task if the water damage is occurring in places we cannot see. Here are some signs you can look for that indicate hidden water damage is present:
Leaking water within walls and ceiling will get absorbed by the sheetrock and drywall. As this water is absorbed, it causes noticeable stains and discoloration. If you notice spots on walls or ceilings that are new, continually growing larger, or changing color (getting darker), it is usually a good indication that there is hidden water damage and even worse, hidden restoration costs.
Excess water or moisture creates a musty smell after it gets absorbed by porous materials (insulation, drywall, sheetrock, wood, etc.). While smells can linger and travel, if a musty odor is really strong in one particular area, that is a good indication that there is water damage hidden nearby.
Too much moisture build up behind the wall will eventually cause paint and wallpaper to start bubbling and peeling. If there is visible bubbling and peeling, then the sheetrock behind the walls has absorbed too much water for it to maintain, so it begins to soak through the walls. Flaking off of walls is also a sign of hidden water damage and will need restoration professionals as soon as possible.
When porous materials absorb too much water, they begin to curve, warp, and buckle. Excessive warping threatens the structural integrity of the home, and can lead to extensive repairs. Check your walls, floors, and ceilings for any signs of warping or buckling, and get them checked immediately if you notice it.
Mold growth occurs in areas where excess moisture is present, mainly under cabinets, and around bathroom plumbing fixtures (tubs, showers, toilets, etc.). Mold can be black, dark green, and have a fuzzy appearance. If you notice visible mold along baseboards or walls that are not near any plumbing mixtures, there is like a hidden source of water damage. At the first sight of mold, wherever it may be, call a professional water and mold damage restoration company to get it cleaned up.
If you notice any signs of hidden water damage, or suspect there may be water damage in your home, Team K Services can help. We are Denver’s number one choice when it comes to water damage restoration. We know how important timing is so we will respond to your water damage issue in 90 minutes or less so we can mitigate further damages and remove the risks associated with water damage.