Spotting Water Damage

Water Damage

Water damage can be one of the most insidious and sinister agents that can slowly break your house over time. It starts silently and often by the time you take notice of it, it has already impacted at least some portion of the house in a considerable way.

Water damage can be very expensive to treat and this is why it is important for homeowners, especially those who have wooden houses, to an eye open for some telltale signs of water damage.

So, what are these signs? Let’s find out!

Water Stains

A small water stain on your roof or wall is considered a fairly innocuous occurrence for most people and hardly anyone ever pays attention to it. This is where they are wrong. Failing to catch the problem at this stage is precisely what exacerbates it. Always pay attention to unusual watermarks which have no business being in the places where water can’t reach from the outside.

Odors and Smells

One of the very apparent signs of water damage is nasty smells and odors. A cloying and thick suffocating presence in the air which makes the throat and nasal cavities uncomfortable may be a sign of water damage.

If this is the case, know that the house is not only suffering from long term water damage but the leaking water has also lead to mold or mildew. Mold grows in dark and damp places. You might not have noticed it because the mold may have been growing on the inside of the wall.

Discolored Walls

This is one of the clear cut signs of water damage. If you notice it, you should immediately work to get it cleared out.

Water damage often results in discoloration of the walls. This is because as the water leaks through, it accumulates dust, particulate, and rust from metals and pipes. The water evaporates once it escapes but this residue is left behind which not only leads to fading of the paint but also colors it with nasty hues of yellow and brown.

Peeling Paint

Paint which is peeling or cracked and splitting is one of the most obvious signs of water damage. Have you noticed that sometimes, the paint seems to form bubbles and pockets of air? This is due to water pushing it forward, taking up space and then drying out. This leaves the hollow bubbles of paint we see on old walls which, in turn, cause cracking and peeling.


These all are the most obvious signs of water damage. It is necessary to stay vigilant and catch them before they can turn into big problems. If you have any doubt or inkling about a possible sign then contact STOP Restoration (STOP) MESA at 480-818-1440 today. Our team has a vast history and experience of treating, reversing, and fixing all types and sorts of water damage. Give us a call and get your house checked out for water damage today!