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Water damage can occur in a variety of ways. A lot of them are obvious and extreme. However, water damage can occur in areas of your home that you do not always notice immediately. If you notice some of these signs in your home, you will want to consider getting unseen water damage cleaned up soon before it worsens.
If you notice any warping on your floor, it may be due to water damage. This can include cracks as well as bubbles that form on the floor. Discoloration can be a sign of mold or mildew growing underneath. If the floor separates at the seams and curls, this can also be a sign of water damage underneath. Another sign is if there is a depression on the floor, making it lower in the middle and higher on the sides.
Water stains or rings that look like rust on your ceiling are a sign that water damage has likely occurred, as well as peeling or flaking paint. Cracks can often form from water damage, from small hairline cracks to giant spider web-like cracks that spread out over a lot of the surface. If any mold forms in the corners of the ceiling, this is another sign that water damage has happened and needs to be cleaned up. Sometimes water can cause paint to look like it is bubbling because it has created a pocket where the moisture rests. Even if you pop this bubble, you know that there is likely further water causing damage to your ceiling, and it is best to get it dried and cleaned up as soon as possible before it causes more damage.
Similar to your ceiling, water damage in your walls can be seen from flaking, peeling, and bubbling paint. Water rings can also form, or sometimes discolored streaks showing that water droplets have formed on the other side of the wall and dripped down, whether in big or small streaks. If you believe that there is water damage in your drywall, carefully press on the area you are concerned about. If it is at all softened, sinks inward, or depresses in any way, there is water damage inside.
Musty smells often appear after water damage has occurred in areas you cannot see. Any sort of stains, discoloration, or warping can also be signs of water damage. Another unexpected sign can be if you notice your water utility bill has suddenly increased, which could be due to a leaky pipe you have not noticed.
If you discover any of these signs of water damage in your home, you should not wait to get it dried and cleaned up. Waiting can lead to even worse damage, meaning more extensive and expensive repairs. Call your local water damage cleanup company to help you restore your home. If you live in Bellevue, call FireWater Restoration to check out the damage, clean it up, and restore it for you.