The common places for this to occur are, not surprisingly, in the rooms where there is the most plumbing: the kitchen and the bathroom. It is important to inspect your home to look for signs of leaks. Here are a warning signs to look out for.
1. An increase in water bill. Often a change in water bill can be seen long before a water damage problem appears. If your bill increases for no reason, it is time to look for a cause.
2. Damp or moldy smells. Water-logged materials smell differently than dry ones. If you notice a wet smell, see if you can identify where it is coming from.
3. Discoloration on walls or floor. Water damage will often leave a ring or other stain on woodwork. If you see this appear, you need to find out where the water is coming from.
4. Warped wood. If your floor no longer is completely level or your cabinets are slightly warped, this damage is likely from water or dampness.
5. Changes in paint appearance or texture. Although you may not notice a wet spot, there often will be changes in the paint near leaking water lines. If you see lines, rippling, or other changes in the appearance or texture of your paint, have the lines behind the wall checked for leaks.
While a water damage problem is most likely to occur in the kitchen or the bathroom, this can be prevented. Take note of small signs like these and prevent expensive damage before it even occurs. If your home has had water damage, call a professional restoration service immediately. It is important to stop the leak and remove the moisture as quickly as possible, for the health and safety of the people in your home.