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Do You Have Signs of Hidden Water Damage?

Water flows anywhere it pleases once it is loose in your home. When water runs free inside your walls and flooring, it can do some major unseen damage. While you might not be able to see this hidden water damage, you should keep an eye out for alternative indicators.

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Unpleasant Odors

Sometimes hidden water damage is smelled before it is seen. Hidden water that is left to stagnate begins to foster mold and bacterial growth. This mold expels a musty, earthy smell. If you start to smell an unpleasant odor, it could mean that there is unseen water damage. Letting these unpleasant odors go unresolved may risk further water damage.

Leaky Sinks

A common area for water leaks to occur is under the sink. It is important to check under the sink frequently to make sure there is no standing water, water stains, or condensation. You also can run water down your drain in order to check your pipes and seals for small leaks. Even if a leak seems insignificant now, it can always lead to a much bigger issue in the future. Keeping the area under your sink organized can help you spot these problems sooner and prevent any permanent water damage.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew spores are often waiting in cracks and crevices for a little moisture. Water is the last element needed for mold and mildew growth to occur. That means that when you spot some mold growth or start to smell a musty smell, there could be some potential hidden water damage occurring. Unexplained mold growth and strong musty odors should never be ignored.


Sometimes hidden water damage makes itself known by presenting stains. If mysterious stains show up on your walls or ceilings, it could be a sign of a problem. Water that seeps into walls and the spaces in between floor levels manifests itself as stains as it begins to saturate the wallboard or ceiling. Letting these stains go unresolved risks your walls or ceilings collapsing due to extensive water damage.

While some water damage is obvious, other forms manifest themselves in hidden nooks and crannies of your home. Knowing the signs of hidden water damage can help prevent severe damage. Some indicators of water damage include unpleasant odors, leaky sinks, mold and mildew, and stains. Don’t let water damage manifest and worsen. Call the professionals at Green Genie Environmental to deal with your hidden water damage. Next time you see any of these signs, contact us at 716-289-2903.

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