A problem that many Calgary homeowners have is that it’s hard to spot the early signs of water damage. Usually, by the time you see cracking or bubbling paint, bulging floorboards, mold, or dark patches on ceilings, the damage could be extensive. In many cases, regular home inspections can help identify signs of water damage before it becomes extensive.
Damage caused by leaks can result in substantial repair bills. According to official estimates, one inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 in repair costs. If water has been pooling in basements, it can cause mold and structural issues. Typically, home inspections flag these issues, and they could affect your home sale.
Regular home maintenance is an excellent way to prevent small leaks from turning into major problems. But what are the tell-tale signs that there are issues of water leakage in your home?
Read on to find out how to spot the signs of water damage.
5 Signs of Water Damage
You may have problems with leaking pipes if you notice any of the following signs.
1. Stains or spots are signs of water damage
Look for dark patches on ceilings, drywall, and your home’s exterior. At first, the water may leave a distinctive ring-type mark. If there is a lot of damage, you may have black mold patches.
2. Peeling paint
Some subtle signs of water damage are paint that starts to peel, bubble, or crack. Water in drywall causes it to expand and swell. This can happen without any visible stains on the wall.
3. Puddles or pooling water
Did you notice a puddle of water in the basement and wonder where it’s from? It could be from a leaking pipe, blocked sewer, or broken rainwater pipe. To keep your home in good condition, it’s vital to find the source of water and fix it quickly.
4. Musty odors
Dampness has a distinct musty smelly that occurs when there is long-term or unresolved water damage. The moldy smell could mean that potentially dangerous mold spores are growing.
5. Higher utility bills
If you notice that your water bill has increased, it could be a sign that there a major leak. To prevent damage to your home, you should call a professional to inspect your home and resolve the issue.