Water damage can develop in a lot of different parts of your home. One of the worse places for water damage, however, is in your walls. Water damage in your walls can grow and spread without your knowledge. Moreover, it is also extremely difficult to remove and may require breaking down portions of your wall.
To prevent this from happening, you need to remain vigilant for signs of developing water damage in your walls. Here are four of those signs to look out for from our water damage restoration team at MA Restoration.
While not always immediately visible, excess moisture behind a wall can create the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold thrives in damp, dark, and stagnant spaces—like the space between the exterior of your home and its interior walls. This has implications for your health because mold spores are known allergens. An uptick in coughing, sneezing, and allergy symptoms may indicate that mold is thriving somewhere in your home. These symptoms should be minor for most people but for those with weakened immune systems (such as children, the elderly, and those with existing health complications that limit their immunity), prolonged mold exposure can lead to more serious health issues.
Old homes are famous for making all sorts of unexpected sounds that are difficult to explain. One common explanation for these noises is the sound of dripping water back behind the walls. It is difficult to tell that the sound is the distinct dripping of water since it is muffled by the wall so it is worth looking into any unexplained noises as a potential indication of water damage.
If your walls feel soft or wet to the touch then there is no question that they have sustained significant water damage. The exterior of a wall doesn’t just become soft or wet overnight this means that the damage has been developing for some period of time. If you notice these issues within your walls, call a professional water damage restoration company for help immediately as the damage is already very serious.
Along with changing the texture of affected walls, water damage in your walls can present itself in another way such as discoloration, peeling paint, or peeling wallpaper. Along with being very unsightly, these types of damage also mean that you have a very serious water damage problem in your walls that requires immediate attention.
Don’t put up with water damage on your walls any longer! Keep note of the signs above as you go around your home each day so you can notice any developing damage in its tracks. If you do notice any damage or have any concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call at MA Restoration for help without delay. We will find the best way to remove the damage while being minimally invasive.