Common Signs Of Water Damage

Posted on: 13 January 2016

You should always be on the lookout for signs of plumbing and water damage in your building. Left alone for long enough, the underlying causes of such damage can lead to large economic losses through damaged property, exceedingly high utility bills, and even medical costs. To help prevent such a financial burden, here are some common signs of water damage to watch for:


One of the most serious signs is mold, which can pose a pretty serious health risk if left unchecked. Mold likes to grow in wet, warm, and dark environments, all of which are providing by a leaking pipe. Mold can easily grow under your sink, in the corner of your bathroom, or even inside your walls. As soon as you see mold, you should react immediately to handle the situation.

You'll either want to hire a professional removal company or get the materials to do it yourself. To do it on your own, seal off the room, get some cleaning supplies (bleach is usually sufficient), and get some protective gear, including a respiratory mask and clothing that covers all of your skin. Make sure that you scrub everything thoroughly and dispose of the mold in sealed waste containers.

Pools of Standing Water

You also want to be worried whenever you see areas of recurring standing water. This is water that isn't flowing, but inexplicably reappears after being cleaned up. In many cases, it indicates a nearby leak. The standing water itself is often rather innocuous, but sufficient amounts of standing water can do some damage through the weight of gravity. For example, if some standing water starts to build up beneath the floor on the second or third story of your building, it could eventually cause the ceiling of the floor below to sag.

Paint Blisters

If you notice strange anomalies in the paint on your walls or ceiling, then there could be water that is building up on the other side. What's actually happening is that water is getting between the wallpaper and the paint. If enough water builds up or if the blister is left untreated for long enough, then it could potentially burst, This could result in water damage beyond the lost wallpaper and paint, which means that you want to handle paint blisters as soon as possible. On the other hand, they also give you a pretty good idea of where to focus your efforts when searching for the leak.