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When you consider all the pipes and plumbing in our homes that are located inside walls and under floors, it is no wonder that water damage can occur and go unnoticed for extended amounts of time. Weakened roofing or foundation flaws may also allow water into the home and can, over time, lead to irreparable water damage. This unseen or unknown water damage is scary because it causes a lot of secondary problems, like mold growth and structural deterioration. Recurring water damage, or chronic water damage, will leave signs of its presence though, and if you know what you are looking for, you may just save your Chicago home from extensive water damage. Here are some things you should look out for in your home that could indicate hidden water damage is occurring:
We all know that smell when the wash has been left in the washing machine a little too long; it is not a pleasant one. That musty and damp odor, when not caused by forgotten wet laundry, is a good sign of water issues somewhere in the room. The longer water damage sits, or goes unnoticed, the more likely that mold will grow. Bacterial growth creates an unpleasant, mildewy, earthy smell. If you cannot see any leaking or pooling water, and if the smell is persistent or even getting stronger, it is time to call in the water damage experts to find out what is going on, and get the problem solved so that you don’t have to suffer through the smell any longer.
When water seeps into areas it is not supposed to be, it will begin to saturate all the materials it comes into contact with. Drywall in walls and ceilings will begin to show visible wet spots or stains once they have become saturated with water. These stains could be small spots, or large areas or discoloration. Some spots may just look wet, while others may take on a brownish color. If you notice stains, and especially if those stains and spots are changing shape, color, and size, then it is a strong indicator that there is a hidden leak and it needs to be checked before the problem gets worse.
When materials like drywall and floorboards become fully saturated with water, they will begin to get extra heavy because of the weight of all the added moisture. This extra weight will cause drywall and ceiling to bubble, buckle, droop, and even crack. Floorboards will begin to swell, warp, and bend. Any deformity in the structural elements (bubbling, warping, peeling, bending, cracking, etc.) of your home should be inspected immediately for hidden water damage.
If you notice any of the above signs or even suspect there may be water damage in your home or business in Chicago call GC Pro right away for restoration help. We offer top-quality and industry approved water damage restoration services for both commercial and residential clients. Our team is trained and experienced in extracting water and drying areas that suffer water damage, no matter how long the damage has been present. Be on the look-out for any signs of water damage in your home, and waste no time in getting it addressed to avoid major restoration costs.