The Most Common Types of Water Damage in Your Property


How does water damage happen? Most of the time, it’s due to poor maintenance or not being careful.

Of course, if you learn about the most common types of water damage, you’ll know how to prevent it. That’s where we come in.

The following guide will teach you the signs of water damage to watch out for and what to do about them. We’ll also explain the causes of water damage so you can keep it from happening altogether.

Keep reading to learn all about it.

1. Damp/Moldy Floors

Water that comes in from a flood settles in pools on the floor. So does water leaking from sinks, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, and other appliances.

Most of the time, you’ll notice it right away and clean/dry it up the best you can. Other times, it goes unnoticed, especially if the pooling is beneath a heavy appliance.

Either way, if it remains damp for more than 48 hours, mold will almost certainly start infesting the area. You should call a mold removal/water damage restoration service if you notice these signs.

2. Stained Ceiling and Walls

If you have a leaky roof or leaky pipe, you’ll start to see dirty-looking stains on your ceiling/walls. If you see these, have your home inspected right away.

Roof leaks can get bigger fast and a leaky pipe can flood your home. Check what’s covered by your homeowner’s, renter’s, and/or property casualty insurance and get this problem taken care of immediately.

3. Swelling Around Patio Doors

Your patio catches a lot of weather and your patio doors get a lot of use. As a result, this is a common way that moisture from weather gets into your house. This is especially true if the doors are improperly installed or weatherproofed.

You might notice damp areas or even swelling from moisture in the area around your patio doorframe. Temporarily, you should try your best to keep this area dry. Ultimately, though, you need an expert to come and fix it.

4. Water Damage on Roof Edges/Siding

When your gutters are clogged or damaged, rainwater can spill over the side, onto your house. As a result, the siding and the edges of the roof can become swollen with water damage. Eventually, it will begin to rot away. 

Get your gutters fixed right away, before your home repair bills get really expensive.

5. Mold/Swelling in the Bathroom

If your shower splashes outside its designated area, or your sink or toilet overflows, it leaves puddles of water all over your bathroom. These puddles will soak into the floors and walls if you don’t dry them well enough or fast enough.

Also, poor ventilation can cause excess moisture in your bathroom. If the walls are always wet after you take a shower, it could start a mold infestation. You should leave the window open when you shower if your bathroom has this problem.

Remember This Water Damage Guide

It’s imperative that you deal with water damage as soon as you notice it. Remember these tips and watch for these common types of water damage.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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