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5 Hidden Signs Of Water Damage

Water can be one of the worst problems that affect your home. Whether it's in the ceiling, floors, or walls, water can compromise the structural integrity of these sections in your house. This is why it's always important to identify areas that have been damaged by water and have them dried, repaired, or replaced.

However, this is easier said than done. Damage caused by water often occurs slowly and starts in parts of the house that you may not be able to see or pay much attention to. This is why you should know how to identify the hidden signs that there's water damage.

Be on the Lookout for Discoloration

One of the effects of certain materials getting exposed to water is a change in color. Water can cause some materials to fade, while it may leave visible stains in other materials, e.g. wood. Alternatively, water can cause paint to peel, crack, or bubble. If you notice any of these, do a more thorough inspection to find out if water is behind it

A Moldy or Mildew Smell

There are certain substances that favor wet environments. In the house, mold and mildew are the two most common suspects. If a material that contains some organic elements is exposed to water, the likely result will be the growth of mold or mildew.

However, both mildew and mold have telltale smells that easily alert you to their presence even before you see them. These smells can warn you even if the damage is inside the wall.


When a material like wood is exposed to water, it grows in size and weight due to absorption. If the wood is in a place such as the ceiling, it will probably start to sag due to the weight and the softening of the wood by the water.

Visible Mold

When you see mold on the surface of some material, there is a 100 percent chance that it was exposed to water. This also means that there's a good chance the structure behind the mold may be damaged by the water to some extent.

Soft Spots

A soft spot is another indication that the material underneath or behind that area has been damaged by water. When materials like wood start rotting on one side, the other will start to feel soft. If you notice a part of the house that is supposed to be hard and firm suddenly gives under pressure, water could be the reason why. A company like Emergency Flood Team can help.