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Water Damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage often occurs in areas that we can’t see – like behind walls, in ceilings and under floors. If left untreated, hidden damage can result in irreversible structural deterioration.

The following may indicate an undetected damage:

  • A musty odor. Musty or earthy damp smells in a home almost always originate from water damage. Where there is moisture, mold is typically also present. Mold spores rapidly overtake porous materials such as wood and drywall within 24 to 48 hours of saturation.
  • Sounds of water when nothing is being used. Listen at night, when the house is quiet, and be sure that you cannot hear any running water or sounds of dripping. One of the most common causes of a dripping sound behind a wall is a leaky pipe.
  • Stains and spotting. Damaged walls and ceilings will eventually show discoloration, stains and spots. Leaky water supply lines, or water leaking in from the roof are the most common culprits of spots and stains on walls and ceilings. If the spots have a fuzzy appearance, or take on a very dark green/black color, it could be visible mold – which means trouble.
  • Gradual changes to walls and flooring. If water is seeping into the subfloor from a saturated foundation or leaking pipes routed through the basement or crawl space, flooring will begin to show changes. Tiles may be loosened, linoleum can begin to peel, and laminate flooring can even warp. Evidence of water damage in the walls appears as peeling or bubbling paint, and cracking in drywall. As drywall absorbs water, it will begin to swell and retract, so any buckling or dimpling should also be noted and checked for water exposure. 

At SERVPRO of Carbon County, have the capability to detect hidden water damage using tools such as thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters. If you suspect a hidden damage in your home, we can help!

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