4 Signs of Water Damage in Your House & What You Can Do to Remediate It

4 Signs of Water Damage in Your House & What You Can Do to Remediate It

Water damage is one of the most common and costly problems homeowners and businesses face. Returning properties to their pre-incident condition after they have been damaged by water can be a race against the clock. It is crucial to act quickly to minimize and prevent further damage.


Water Damage Is More Common Than You Think


Water damage is a common yet expensive problem that home and business owners face, especially, but not limited to the rainy season and cold weather. It can be caused by several factors, including floods, natural disasters, leaking roof, faulty plumbing, and broken pipes. No matter the cause, a quick response will minimize and prevent further damage.

Image shows a bathroom wall impacted by water damage. Mold has started to grow and peel off the painting. Furniture had to be removed.

4 Signs of Water Damage in Your House


Water damage can occur in various ways, from flooded basements to water spots on the ceiling. One of the most critical factors in preventing is identifying potential sources of water leakage. This can be done by regularly inspecting the property for signs of water infiltration, such as water stains, peeling paint, or musty odors. If any of these are present, it is vital to take immediate action. The following are four signs that you may have water damage in your house:

1. Water Leaks - A Sign of Hidden Water Damage


One of the most common signs of water damage is leaks. Leaks can come from various sources, including plumbing, roofs, and windows. Water leaks are a common occurrence in houses, and they can cause a great deal of damage if left untreated. There are many different causes of water leaks, including faulty plumbing, leaking roof, and ice dams.


One of the best ways to prevent water damage is to repair leaks as soon as possible. If you can fix the leak within 48 hours, you may be able to avoid more severe damage.


Common repairs that can be done quickly include fixing a broken window, replacing a torn roofing membrane, and fixing a burst pipe.

Image shows Bio-One technician removing floor tiles from a house foundation impacted by water and mold.
Image shows house foundations in a bathroom area damaged by water and mold.

Using Water Detectors to Find Water Leaks


Another way to prevent water damage from water leaks is to use water detectors. These detectors can be placed in strategic locations around your house, such as near the water heater, under sinks, and in the basement. If water begins to accumulate, the detector will sound an alarm, allowing you to take action quickly.


If water damage does occur, it is important to have a water damage plan in place. This plan should include contact information for water restoration professionals, as well as a list of items that need to be moved out of the water-damaged area. Having a restoration plan will help minimize the extensive water damage, and it will help get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

 2. Water Stains - Possible Flood Damage


Another common sign of water damage is water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors. Water stains are a sure sign that water has been present at some point. If you notice water stains, it is important to determine the source and stop the water from flowing.


Damage from Storms (Flood, Hurricanes, etc.)


Water damage can occur during flooding, a hurricane, or other types of natural disasters. When water enters a home or business, it can cause extensive damage. It can destroy floors, walls, and ceilings, ruin upholstered furniture and appliances, and lead to mold growth.


Water damage can have a lasting effect on your property. If you suffered from a flood or water damage event recently, you should consider contacting a water restoration professional as soon as possible. Professionals provide a fast response in inspecting, assessing the damage, and developing a plan to restore your property to its original condition.

3. Mold Growth - Water Damage Leads to Mold Damage


Mold thrives in moist environments. If you have water damage in your home, there is a good chance that mold will grow as well. Excess moisture leads to mold growth and can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory problems, skin irritation, and allergies, not to mention the compromised structural integrity of the house once mold has begun to grow.


You need to know what's causing the mold to grow and fix it in the first place. Then, controlling excess moisture and removing any mold found in your home will be the most efficient path to prevent it from coming back.


If you have water damage, be sure to call a water and mold restoration company right away. They will be able to assess the damage and moisture levels and help you get your home back to safe, hazard-free conditions.

Image shows the same house foundation restored by Bio-One technicians. Floor tiles were changed.
Image shows bathroom floor impacted by water and mold. The toiled had to be removed to restore the area.

Mold remediation is a specialized service, so be sure to contact the right restoration company. Bio-One specialists are prepared to remove any mold found in your home and help you prevent it from coming back.


4. Musty Smells - A Clear Sign of Water Damage


Water damage has likely occurred if you smell a musty or damp smell. This is just one of many common signs of water damage, so it's important to investigate the source and take action on the restoration work. Bad smells can be unpleasant and dangerous, so it's important to address water damage as soon as possible.


Restoration Process: What to Do When Water Damage Strikes


If your home or business has been damaged by water, it is important to have a water damage restoration plan:


1. Remove all the water from the house or property


Remove standing water from your house or property. Flood water, for example, is highly infectious and carries multiple bacteria, so it's important to act quickly in these emergencies.


2. Use a water pump or a wet/dry vacuum for efficient water extraction


A water pump can help to remove excess water from a flooded area quickly and efficiently. There are a variety of water pumps available on the market, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Water pumps are advanced equipment for water damage restoration; they must be used correctly to be effective.


3. Use fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers to start the drying process



The goal is to get the property dry as quickly as possible to prevent excess moisture and mold growth.

4. Remove or replace damaged items


Most of the time, home appliances and personal property become permanently damaged by water. Be sure to remove mattresses, furniture, wet carpet, floor coverings, household items, and damaged materials from the affected area. If they can be dried and restored, even better!


5. Clean and disinfect all the affected areas


It is important to remove all excess water and mold to ensure that the property is safe to live in or work in again.

Image shows oxidation on plumbing from a toilet/bathroom area causing water damage.

Preventing Structural and Electrical Damage


Water can cause structural and electrical damage to houses and properties. If you notice water leaks near the electrical box, or near home appliances, you must call technicians and restoration experts immediately. Electrical shock and fire hazards are common factors once the water has leaked through roofing, ceiling, and walls, so if you're not experienced in this field, do not hesitate to ask for professional help to take care of the restoration process.

Image shows water stains on ceiling floor and around a lamp.

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Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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