When water flows inside your house, it could damage the structure of the house and the whole property. The places are hidden and if you don’t look for it, you could miss the signs that there is already Lakeland water damage starting in your ceiling, walls, flooring, etc. The number of interior voids and spaces where water could seep in and are unseen are almost unlimited.
When there is residual water hidden in the crevices of your ceilings and walls, it can foster mold and bacterial growth. When this happens, the mold produces a musty and earthy smell, which is usually the red flag that something is wrong and must be taken care of. This is an indicator of an unseen water damage.
Visual signs of mold growth
Airborne mold growth is hard to distinguish because they are microscopic and they only find their way into your house through hidden nooks and crannies in your house’s structure. Water is the same. However, you can visually detect active mold growth once moisture contacts dormant spaces. You will see fuzzy discoloration in hidden spaces in your house, places you wouldn’t think twice of inspecting unless you’re seriously looking for mold. You need to have this evaluated by a mold remediation professional.
Stains on walls and ceilings
Once water seeps into wall voids and spaces, it will manifest through a stain or a blotch because it will slowly saturate the adjacent wall board or ceiling. These are easily seen and they are critical signs of an impending water damage in your house.
Peeling paint does not only mean that your paint is old and should be replaced. It is an obvious sign of water damage. When there is water inside wall spaces, the drywall will saturate and will cause the paint to come off and lose its adhesion.
Sagging walls and ceilings
With added water weight, saturated drywall and ceiling materials become very heavy. Once this is the case, the drywall and ceiling will begin to deform and buckle. Walls that are soaked in water will be saggy and could cause them to tumble. It will be a safety hazard for you and your family.
Do you love your floor tiles? When there is water in your house structure, water can seep into the lowest level and seeps under your floor tiles, carpet, and vinyl. It will also soak into the subfloor.