7 Signs of Hidden Water Damage

Mold Growth

Visible mold is a sign of a water problem. When the humidity level in a house is high, this will cause mold to grow.

Musty Smells

A musty smell is a key sign of water damage. Musty odors are usually caused by moisture and mold. Moldy odors can occur even without visible mold growth.

Peeling Paint and Wallpaper

Peeling paint and wallpaper is another indicator of hidden water damage or leaks. Paint and wallpaper lose their adhesion to drywall and sheetrock when exposed to water.

Stains and Discoloration

We all saw water-stained ceilings and dry stone walls. While it may be tempting to paint over discoloration, this sign of water damage should not be ignored.

Warped Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

Water causes wood, drywall, and other hard surfaces to bend and warp. When these materials absorb water, their structural integrity is compromised and can become hazardous.

Sudden Jump in Utility Bills

Some spike jumping is normal, especially during the first cold spells of the season or when planting spring gardens. Other jumps in water bills can indicate hidden leaks

Water Damage Under the Sink

Water leaks from the kitchen or bathroom sink can be hard to miss. Not many homeowners regularly inspect their plumbing fixtures