What to look out for
Does your wall have water damage? (Photo Credits)
Water damage can be very destructive, even on home walls. Fortunately, there are signs that homeowners can watch out for to prevent water damage for destroying even more elements in the home.
SF Gate came up with a write-up guiding homeowners on how to if there’s moisture behind their walls. Moisture is the number one cause for water damage within walls. Check over here
“Look at the wall surface carefully. Check for surface discoloration, such as yellowing material, rounded brown spots or black, often furry-looking discolorations that indicate mold and mildew growths. Pay close attention to the wall texture. Peeling paint is a prime indicator of moisture problems, along with warping or buckling surfaces. Push on the wall slightly to see how it feels. Moisture-damaged drywall will feel soft and spongy, while wood-sheathed walls may feel slightly solid even with a moisture problem. A butter knife, screwdriver or similar tool scraped across the surface or poked into it slightly will often reveal damaged wood.”
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Paint on the wall
The website Networx.com also shared some tips on how to determine water damage on walls. One of the indicators to watch out for that they mentioned is the paint.
“Paint that is blistering, bubbling, and/or flaking is one of the best clues ever that you’ve got water somewhere you don’t want it. (Ditto for loose and peeling wallpaper.) If you are in the process of shopping for a new home, beware of any house where only certain areas, such as ceilings or single walls, have been freshly painted. Rather than merely redecorating, the seller could well be trying to cover up signs of water damage.”
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Checking the walls
DoItYourself.com also shared ways on how to check for water damage within walls. In their blog post, they mentioned that water damage should be spotted as soon as possible to avoid structural damage.
“The easiest sign of water damage to spot is water stains on the walls and ceilings. Also check around the window and door frames for stains. Any unusual stains should be taken seriously, as they could be a sign of a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Also look for cracks in the drywall. An area of wall that has been exposed to water can also have a swollen appearance and be soft to the touch.”
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Water damage should indeed be remediated as soon as discovered. This is to avoid even bigger problems and expenses.