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If These Walls Could Talk

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water on the exterior of a home Watch for signs of water damage in your walls.

It would be a lot easier to know when you’ve got a leak in the wall of your home if the walls could actually talk. But since they can’t, it pays to know what to look for when it comes to water damage in your walls. Leaks can come from poor caulking, a leaky pipe or from holes in the roof and often you won’t see a sign until the damage has been done.

Stains, Smells & Seams

If you see a water stain or any sort of discoloration in the walls or ceiling – you’ve got a leak. Stains start small and are easily missed if the wall is painted or if there is furniture covering that section of the wall. Check carefully around doorframes and windows as well as in near appliances that use water such as a dishwasher, ice machine or even the hot water heater in your home.

If you start to smell something musty – it could be mold or mildew due to water damage behind the walls or cabinets. Make sure to check both sides of the walls – and if one side is externally facing – make sure to check outside sources for a water leak.

Another sign of water in the walls is actually on the floor! Water can drip behind the walls and cause floor damage at the seams.  If you notice a texture change in your floors, such as buckling or cupping, it’s a good idea to call a professional for help uncovering the source of the leak.

At SERVPRO of North Garland, we know the signs and can assess any water damage quickly and effectively. We will dry the affected area and can also do any reconstruction necessary.  

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