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  • Writer's pictureBrady Grewe

Unveiling the Unseen: Signs of Hidden Water Damage You Shouldn't Ignore

Updated: Jul 7

Water damage has a knack for lurking in the shadows, often revealing itself only when the damage is extensive. Identifying the signs of hidden water damage is crucial for timely intervention and preventing further harm to your home. Last fall I completed an inspection and found some early signs of water damage on the ceiling. The customer decided they did not want to fix the issue at that time. 2 months later I got a call and the spot that was damaged had tripled in size and once we opened it up had created a large mold colonization. The cost of waiting to fix the issue caused the homeowner to have more damage and it cost more to fix. In this article, we explore these subtle indicators and emphasize the importance of staying vigilant so that this does not happen to you. 

Signs of Water Damage

1.Peeling or Bubbling Paint:

One of the early indicators of hidden water damage is the peeling or bubbling of paint on walls or ceilings. Moisture infiltration causes the paint to lose adhesion, creating visible distortions. If you notice these signs, it's crucial to investigate the source promptly. 

2. Musty Odors:

Unpleasant, musty odors are often indicative of hidden water damage, especially when accompanied by mold growth. Mold thrives in damp environments, and its presence may not always be visible. If you catch a whiff of mustiness, it's time to delve deeper into potential water-related issues. If you are going to investigate, make sure to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect yourself from toxins. Or call a professional who can help you create a plan to get rid of the mold. 

3. Warped or Discolored Flooring:

Hidden water damage can manifest beneath your feet. Warped or discolored flooring, especially in areas prone to water exposure, suggests that moisture has seeped into the subfloor. Ignoring these signs may lead to more extensive and costly damage over time. Many times, this can happen near a tub/shower or by a kitchen sink or dishwasher. 

4. Stains on Walls or Ceilings:

Stains on walls or ceilings, often overlooked as mere discoloration, can be indicative of water damage. These stains may grow over time, signaling ongoing leaks or seepage. Investigate the source promptly to prevent structural issues. Your health is of the utmost importance and if mold spores are elevated in your home it can cause serious medical issues. Please, please do not ignore the stains especially if they are growing. Quick tip- mark the edge of the stain so you can tell if it is growing over time. 

Shedding Light on the Unseen

Uncovering hidden water damage requires a keen eye and prompt action. By paying attention to these subtle signs, you can intervene before the damage becomes extensive. Remember, your home tells a story, and it's in your hands to ensure that story is one of resilience and timely restoration.

Stay vigilant, address the signs promptly, and when water damage reveals itself, Renew by Grewe Restoration is here to turn the page towards a renewed, dry, and secure home.

Water damaged drywall next to a bathtub/shower
Water Damaged Drywall Next to a Bathtub/Shower

Warm regards,

Brady Grewe


Renew by Grewe Restoration


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