In extreme cases, water damage is all too obvious. A leaky pipe or flood can result in water covering the floor and destroying your belongings. This can be incredibly frustrating, but at least the problem is right in front of you can be immediately deal with it.

The more subtle forms of water damage can be far more nefarious. You may not be aware of the damage until it is quite substantial. By the time you do become aware of the problem, the build-up of moisture in the air can destroy belongings and priceless family heirlooms and documents gradually but thoroughly and irreplaceably. By then, fixing the damage may require that you and your family vacate the premises. In worst-case scenarios, moisture will have undermined your foundations, putting the entire structure at risk.

Perhaps the biggest problem with gradual accretion of water damage, are the health risks posed. Over time, mold may appear in your home, it may grow into a serious hazard. This can cause throat and skin irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye problems, and various respiratory issues.

The causes of this sort of gradual problem are usually not dramatic or noticeable. This is what allows damage to accrue unnoticed over some time.

The most common causes of gradually building damage include, but are not limited to, leaky roofs; broken pipes, especially those related to the garbage disposal, and condensation around your air conditioner

At times the leak is unnoticed because it is covered. Perhaps it starts in the attic or is hiding behind a wall or in the ceiling. However, there are telltale signs that you may be exposed to hidden water damage. Be on the lookout for:

  • Stains and blotches on the walls or ceiling: This could mean moisture has saturated in your drywall.
  • Drooping and bloated walls or ceilings: this is also the result of drywall saturation.
  • Unpleasant Odor: We are all familiar with the stale and musty smell that accompanies a damp environment. The problem is that when the problem increases gradually, we get used to the smell. If any of your family members or visitors notice an odor, take it seriously.
  • Mold: A sure-fire sign of a moisture problem.

If you suspect you are facing a serious problem which may be spreading, do not hesitate. Call us before the damage is expensive and severe. Every passing day could cause damage to your belongings, structure, and your family’s well-being. RestorePro has been handling water damage problems successfully since 1997, serving residential and commercial clients throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. With years of experience and state of the art equipment, we offer first-rate water damage restoration services.

We work out of 21A Sixth Road, Woburn, MA 01801. We are also available 24/7 for 365 days a year on the phone at 1-800-847-0114. We look forward to hearing from you! You can also visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911/