Common Signs Of Hidden Water Damage In Your Home

water damage restoration anchorageWater damage is one of the worst things for a homeowner to encounter. It may seem like it would be obvious whenever water damage occurs, but there are some other signs that water damage is happening where you cannot quite see it. Here are some signs that you may have water damage in your home that you do not know about.

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A Higher Water Bill

If you have noticed that your water bill has been higher than normal lately, it could mean that you have water damage somewhere in your home. A pipe may be leaking somewhere, causing water to constantly drip, driving up your water bill. If you have noticed this happening to you, take a look around your pipes and see if there is a particularly damp area or a puddle forming underneath.

Discolored Walls

Water damage that occurs behind your walls often leaves signs on the surface. A common sign is a rust-colored ring forming on your wall or ceiling, signifying that there is water on the other side. When this happens, you will not be able to solve the problem by washing the discolored ring; the water damage will need to be fixed, or discoloration will continue to happen.

Curling Floorboards

When flooding occurs, we tend to try to soak up as much of the water as possible as part of the cleanup process. However, it is more than likely that water has gotten beneath the floorboards or tiles without getting dried up. Over time, these will cause the floorboards or tiles to crack and separate from one another, and detach from the wall. The ends of floorboards curl upward when they detach, so you know there is likely water damage underneath your floor that will continue to ruin it if it does not get properly repaired by a professional water damage restoration company.

Cracked, Peeling, And Bubbling Paint

There are several ways to tell that water has become trapped behind the paint on your walls or ceilings besides discoloration. You may see some spider web-like cracks forming in your paint job. This is a sign that water is wrecking your paint. Sometimes it will soften the paint so much that it causes the paint to simply start to peel away from the wall. Other times, you may notice that your paint has what looks like bubbles in it. This happens when the water forms pockets inside the paint where it sits. You can relieve the pressure in a bubble by poking a small hole into it, but you do still need to figure out what is causing the water damage to make sure your home stays safe and you do not have to deal with a larger water damage restoration project.

If you see any of these signs of water damage in your Anchorage home, it is important to get it taken care of as soon as possible. Call T.C.M. Restoration and Cleaning to help you fix the problem and restore the damage so you do not have to stress about water leaking in your home anymore.