Household water damage can create an enormous amount of remediation and remodeling work. Hiring remodeling contractors to tear out and reconstruct water-damaged parts of your house isn’t just highly inconvenient and time consuming; it can also be pretty pricey given the amount of labor and materials required. Perhaps worse, excessive moisture can create conditions inside your home that may put your health at risk.

Unfortunately, though, water damage isn’t always easily detectable in its early stages. And because the damage often happens slowly and quietly, it can get severe before it ever lands on your radar. But it’s possible to detect potential water problems early on — if you know what to look for.

Below, the water damage restoration experts at Kiser Construction share a few sneaky signs of water damage to keep an eye out for.

Moisture Under or Near Sinks

Take a minute to inspect around and under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Do feel any damp areas? Do you notice any deteriorated caulking? How do the counters and fixtures look? Are they loose? Is anything detaching or corroding?

All of these issues can point to water damage in its early stages. You could have minor pipe joint deterioration, a crack that’s slowly allowing water to leak from the pipes, or something else could be at play. Call a water damage restoration expert to request an inspection so you can handle any necessary repairs as early as possible.

Windows and Doors That Stick

If you have a tough time opening certain windows and doors in your house, you might assume they’re just old and need to be replaced. And while that might be true, windows and doors that get progressively harder to move can also indicate water damage.

When window and door frames absorb moisture, they can swell and warp. When this happens, the window or door will become more difficult to move since the frame is no longer the appropriate size. The issue will only grow more pronounced with continued moisture absorption.

If you have trouble using any of the doors or windows in your house, don’t assume age is the only culprit. Contact a water restoration contractor who can inspect the offending windows or doors and determine whether water damage is causing the problem.

Foundation Cracks

A water-damaged foundation is a serious problem as it puts the entire structure of your home at risk. If it’s been particularly wet outside, your yard has poor drainage, or you don’t have a sump pump, your foundation may be at a higher risk for moisture intrusion.

If you can see foundation cracks, they may have developed for several reasons, including frost heave, natural settling, and water damage. But whatever you do, don’t rule out water damage as the culprit until you’ve had your foundation inspected by a qualified professional. 

Uneven Floors

Do you have hardwood, laminate, or engineered wood flooring? How’s it looking? Have you noticed any planks that stick up slightly above the others? If so, that may be an early sign of water damage to your subfloor or damage to the flooring itself.

If you have tile floors, watch for tiles that become loose or that randomly start cracking when you step on them. A water-damaged subfloor will warp and fail to provide a level surface for the tiles, so they’ll end up loosening and cracking over time.

Stains or Bubbling Paint

If you notice inexplicable stains or bubbles in the paint on your ceiling or walls, you’re likely dealing with some degree of water damage. Call a water restoration contractor as soon as you can to schedule an inspection. You may have a minor roof leak or a plumbing leak, but you won’t know until an expert takes a look.

Unpleasant Odors

If you notice a damp, musty odor anywhere in your home, that may be indicative of mold or mildew, both of which thrive in wet conditions. If you can’t locate the source of the odor, call a water damage specialist for an inspection. Mold and mildew can put your health at risk, so the earlier you get the odor checked out, the better.

Schedule a Water Damage Inspection Today

If you suspect your home may have water damage, get in touch with our team at Kiser Construction to schedule an inspection right away. We specialize in comprehensive water damage restoration and home remodeling and serve Elk River, MN and the surrounding communities.

To get started, give us a call at 763-633-2010 or send us a message online, and we’ll be in touch. If you’re in need of immediate water damage cleanup, please call our 24/7 emergency line at 612-518-8852.