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Afraid of Hidden Water Damage in Your House?

Afraid of Hidden Water Damage in Your House? | California State Restoration

At California State Restoration, we know all too well that water leaks can be due to a wide range of different reasons, and you should repair them immediately to prevent major foundation damage.

The issue is that the leaks are usually hidden and go unnoticed until it is too late. Whether the hidden water is coming from below the sink, or the water heater, the impact of discovering hidden water leakage too late can include; wood rot, mold growth, and flooring damage.

Understanding where it is most likely to occur may help you become aware of its danger and be more cautious of it. The following from our restoration experts is a list of areas where hidden water damage might occur.

  1. Under the Kitchen Sink: While you might think a slow leak from below the sink will be easy to spot, the truth is that these drips sometimes go unnoticed until a musty odor develops. The odor is a result of mold or mildew formation, and the dark area below the sink can hide the pooling water for long periods of time, which makes it more difficult to detect hidden water damage.
     
  2. Behind the Washer: When considering where to look for hidden leaks, another obvious spot to examine is behind your household washing machine. The hoses that connect to the water pipes in the wall behind the washer become weak, causing leaks. This might happen during the installation process or when the rubber washers inside of the connector break. Clear signs of a gradual leak include a moldy or musty odor and water accumulating from around the back of the washing machine.
     
  3. Walls: Water leaking on the walls is usually the easiest and most obvious method to identify a problem. Staining and discoloration on some of your home’s most exposed areas are often easy to notice. While inspecting your walls, keep an eye out for staining on window panes and around the door. A large, unusual stain on your walls could signal serious damage, including a burst pipe or drain. Check for cracks in the wall, and if water has seeped into the drywall, it may swell and become soft to touch.
     
  4. Roof: Look for signs of curling, cracking, or missing shingles on the roof. After the wind or rain, check your roof for damage. You might also have leaks or flaking shingles, which may increase the risk of property water damage down the road. If you reside in a colder region, keep an eye out for ice dams that might form on your rooftop and cause leaks once they melt.
     
  5. Floors: Water or flood damage to floorboards can occur as a result of a variety of factors, including overflowing bathtubs or sinks, floods from appliances, and leaks from broken pipes. If you notice any warping or creaking in your floors, you will know it is due to water. Also, high humidity and a moldy odor could also be a reason for water-damaged carpets and flooring.

About California State Restoration

Serving Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties with 24/7 Emergency Services, California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA performs every aspect of disaster restoration. For all your water, fire, storm, and mold damage needs, as well as for sewage and biohazard cleanups, California State Restoration Services is a one-stop company that is known for quality work and a professional approach to everything we do. We have grown steadily over the years because we make customer service a #1 priority and are always looking for solutions that are viable and affordable.

Sources: Wikipedia and USA Today

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Published on:
07/04/2022

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Category:
Residential Water Restoration

Tag(s):
#Floods from appliances
#Foundation damage
#Hidden Water Damage
#High humidity
#Moldy odor
#Water Damage
#Water leaking

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We called California State Restoration about a water leak in our upstairs bathroom and a crew showed up that same night to extract the water and set up drying equipment.

They were professional, helpful, and reassuring. They took the time to explain what needed to be done and why, then walked me through the estimate for the clean up and repairs step by step.

Also worked with my insurance no problem. If anything ever happens again I'm definitely calling these guys.

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