One of the biggest problems with water damage in Minneapolis is that it is not always obvious. In fact, in many homes and buildings, water damage has been present for prolonged periods of time without anyone noticing until the damage has become severe. Water damage restoration becomes harder and harder the longer water damage is present, making it very important to spot and stop damage as quickly as possible. So, how can you spot hidden water damage before it becomes a major problem, and restoration is necessary? Here are some signs you should look for that indicate water damage is present:
Hidden residual water that is allowed to become stagnant over time foster mold and bacterial growth. This mold growth produces a musty, earthy smell that is very strong and does not go away. Any time a strong odor becomes present, it is a strong indicator that there is unseen water damage in the area.
Mold spores are microscopic and cannot be seen by the naked eye. However, when mold begins to grow on surfaces following exposure to moisture, it will begin to become visible. Discolored spots along floorboards, on ceilings and walls, under cabinets, in the kitchen or bathroom, or really anywhere in the home, could be mold growth. Mold is often a fuzzy appearance and can be different shades of green, brown, black, and even white. If you notice suspicious discolored areas in your home, have them inspected for mold growth and, consequently, water damage (since mold requires water to grow, if mold is growing there must be a source of water).
When water leaks behind drywall and seeps into walls and ceilings, it will manifest in a stain or blotch. Often brownish in color, water stains may change color as they dry and become wet again. Water stains may also grow larger as more and more water penetrates the area.
As materials that make the walls, ceiling, and floors in our home become saturated with water, they will begin to swell. This added weight might cause the ceiling to sag, walls to bow, and floors to warp. Deformities and buckling in these structures are signs that there is extensive damage and it needs to be addressed immediately to avoid collapse.
Hidden water damage will cause the paint to begin to bubble up and peel off of walls. When drywall becomes saturated, it causes paint to lose adhesion.
If you suspect water damage in your home or office building in Minneapolis or notice any of the above signs, call ICC Restoration & Cleaning Services right away. We understand how important time is when it comes to water damage restoration which is why we are available 24 hours a day to take your call. We utilize specialized equipment to dry wet buildings and homes two to three times faster – allowing us to mitigate damages. Our expert technicians will be able to identify and stop the source of the water damage, and get your property restored safely and efficiently. Don’t ignore the signs of water damage, and when you need help call ICC.