water stains on wall and baseboard

Water can sneak into your house in ways you can’t even imagine. If there is a gap in any joint, a hole, or a weak seal somewhere, water will find it—it always finds the path of least resistance. Children leaving a window or door open during a storm is an aggravating yet common way for water to get into your house. Don’t forget natural disasters, either!

It might be hard to believe, but a fire in your home can lead to water too. All those brave firemen with their trucks and hoses need something to put out the fire. Let’s step back from the doom and gloom for a second, though, and focus on the little stuff—the water infiltration that you might not see but is there nonetheless. There are some telltale signs you have water damage in your home. Look for them so you can trace the source back and plug up that hole or repair the weakened seal.

Dark Spots on the Walls or Ceiling

When water gets into the house it will, obviously, get the walls and ceiling wet. As the water dries, it will leave a darkened ring on the spot it inhabited. Think of a hat that you wore and poured sweat into and then dried. The leftover salt from your sweat leaves a distinct mark on the bill of the hat. Your drywall will look the same.

Flaking Paint

Most home interiors have paint on the walls, and if water gets behind them, the paint will start to flake and peel. In some instances, the water gets between the drywall and paint and create bubbles or water balloons. A similar effect happens with wallpaper.

Sound of Running Water

Take a listen around the house—if you hear running water, that’s a bad thing. Hearing running water when all the faucets are turned off means that there is flowing water somewhere in your home. You need to find that immediately because the longer it’s allowed to flow, the more damage it will cause.

Feeling Damp in the House

In cold-weather climates, the humidity in the air drops drastically in the wintertime. People use humidifiers during those months to get some humidity in the air. If your home is dry, you will feel the difference if the humidity increases when there should be none. An increase in humidity means the presence of water somewhere in the house.

Musty and Moldy Smell

Everyone knows this smell combination; it’s horrible and unmistakable. Moldy and musty smells mean that there was water in the house at some point—and water might still be present. Carpets and upholstery are the main holders of mold, so they’re the first place to look and first things to remove.

The professional team at Aloha Restoration are flood water mitigation experts and can repair any water damage you have. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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