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How To Spot Commercial Water Damage In The Beginning Stages

building rarely becomes serious in a very short time. It is more common for this to become serious as it gradually builds up over weeks and months. To prevent this, you must become an expert in spotting the early warning signs of water damage. Developing this skill may not only help you avoid unnecessary damage to your business building. It will also help you save money in the future by not having to pay for expensive repairs. From our experts at ICC Restoration in St. Paul, below are five early signs of water damage for you to look out for. 

Musty Odor

People sometimes only associate a musty odor with an old commercial building. The truth is, however, that the musty smell is an indication of mold or water damage. It’s just that those things are far more common in older buildings. Thus, if you detect a musty odor, don’t dismiss it. You should take this seriously as a sign that there is probably a water damage issue somewhere in the building. The sooner you detect it can make a significant difference in the severity of the damage. 

Discolored Walls or Ceilings

Discoloration is another sign of water damage. In particular, look for ‘streaks’ of water that are running down the walls and ceilings of your commercial building. This can sometimes be a sign of an overflowing gutter, which will result in watermarks that are quite distinctive and show where the water has traveled down the wall.


If your business building is very difficult to heat, then this might be a sign that you have dampness affecting your walls. Water and moisture will often draw heat out of walls when it evaporates and this, in turn, leaves those walls and the property overall much colder. Trust your instincts. If it feels cold all the time in your commercial building, you may have a problem. 

Mold Growth

Mold growth does not occur without a degree of excess moisture. If you detect mold anywhere in the building, you should know that it is probably not an isolated problem. There is a source of moisture coming from somewhere that is allowing the mold to grow and spread. Your first step after removing the mold should be tracing it back to the source. 

Pooling Water Or Puddles

One probable sign of a leak is perpetual moisture or puddles that have no explicable source. If you see this occurring, don’t overlook it. There is a reason that the water is pooling and unless you find it the damage will continue to grow and spread. Doing this will also likely prevent further mold growth from occurring as well. 

At ICC Restoration in St. Paul, we hope you find these warnings helpful for catching water damage in your commercial building. Nonetheless, if there is ever a problem, we are here to help! Don’t hesitate to give us a call immediately so we can repair the damage and restore your commercial building back to normal. 


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