4 Signs of Water Damage in the Home




1. Sagging Spots on the Floor

If you’re in your bathroom and notice sagging or soft spots on the floor, you might be dealing with water damage. This is especially the case if the soft spots are primarily around the tub or shower and sinks. 

You may also find soft spots on the floor in other areas of your home, such as around the washing machine, water heater, and dishwasher.

Other signs of water damage to flooring includes warping, cracking, splitting, and cracking. This applies to tile, laminate, and wood flooring. 

2. Sniff it Out

Sometimes the signs of water damage aren’t obvious to the eye. If you are in your attic and happen to smell mold or mildew, there’s a good chance that it’s not in your head. Once moisture sets into the wood beams of your attic, mold has the chance to grow. Its distinct musty smell is hard to miss, so pay attention if a strange scent lingers in the air.

3. Peeling paint

If you find peeling or bubbling paint on the walls or ceiling, this is a big red flag for water damage. You’ll find this happening around walls with pipes, and you may also find bubbling and peeling paint near windows.

The trouble with this type of water damage is that you won’t immediately know the source. The water may be coming from pipes behind the wall, or it can be coming from your ceiling and dripping down. Another possibility is that your windows are leaking. The area of damage will give clues for the source of water.

4. Don’t Forget to Check the Exterior

Keep in mind that not all water damage is isolated to the interior of your home. Go outside and check your roof for damaged flashing. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for missing, cracked, and curled shingles. Standing water around your foundation may also point to problems such as leaky gutters, clogged gutters, or poor drainage in your yard.

To protect your exterior from water damage, be sure to have quality products professionally installed. This helps create an airtight seal and reduce the likelihood of water damage on the inside and outside of your home.

Winter is on its way and if you’re worried about water damage from old windows, doors, and siding, Universal Windows Direct can help. Get in touch with us today.