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SVMPS – Common Indicators of Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage can occur in various forms throughout your home. Your roof, attic, ceilings, walls, and floors can all show signs of water damage. The damage can be sourced by multiple factors. Heavy rainfall and flooding can cause more immediate and severe water damage, and leaky pipes can cause water accumulation and gradual damage.

No matter what sourced the water damage in your home, once the harm has been done, the damage can spread and worsen as time passes. Because of this, it is important that water damage in your home does not go untreated. You risk further property and structure damage in addition to potential health risks that can arise when water damage leads to mold growth.

That said, it is important to be aware of the signs of water damage. You will be able to have the damage addressed sooner, thus preventing damage and saving you more money in the long run.

Water Accumulation


If your home has water damage, the walls will often show signs of it through discoloration.

If you have pools of water or standing water in or even outside your home, then this is an obvious indicator of water damage or that the water will become a bigger issue. Malfunctioning appliances and a leaking roof can leave behind puddles of water inside of your home, and drainage pipes can create puddles of water outside of your home.

Color Changes

If your home has water damage, the walls will often show signs of it through discoloration. Water rings, spots, and stains on your wall are clear signs that there’s a water problem nearby. These spots might be wet or dry and will look brown, copper, or yellow in color.

Color changes can also come as a result of mold growth, which can develop as a result of water damage. Mold can appear on walls in a myriad of colors: black, gray, green, white, and more. If you have vinyl wallpaper, mold can appear pink, purple, or orange.

Check the cabinets beneath the sinks in your home for any water marks. If you find some there, it can indicate that the water damage has been caused by leaking pipes.

Deterioration and Surface Changes

In addition to discoloration, your home’s walls can show signs of water damage through deterioration and surface changes. Wallpaper or paint on your wall will bubble, crack, or peel when the wall has suffered water damage. Ceilings can also warp because of water damage in response to changes in temperature and humidity.

Your home’s flooring can undergo major changes because of water damage as well. Floors can sometimes become discolored as a result of water damage. More often, they change texturally, and there are several ways the flooring can change.

Like ceilings, flooring can warp as well, making it so floorboards either curl at their edges or have gaps in between them.

When water seeps into subflooring, the water can cause the flooring to sag or sink. These spots will be soft and feel spongy. You should look out for such sagging flooring by tubs, showers, sinks, washing machines, and water heaters.

If laminate and wood flooring absorb too much water, the material swells up and “expands.” This will then cause the flooring to separate. Laminate, tile, and wood flooring can also crack in response to water damage, and sometimes, water damage can cause hardwood floor to buckle, meaning one side of the wood becomes detached from its subflooring.


When there’s water damage, mold growth is likely. When there’s mold growth, there will be unpleasant aromas. Mold gives off a musty odor. If you sniff out such a smell, then you probably have mold growth, as well as water damage, on your property.

Be on the lookout for any of the previously listed signs. If you find any of these throughout your home, then your home is most likely suffering from water damage. As such, it is in your best interest to seek out professional water damage restoration services for your home from SVMPS. Our professionals at SVMPS will eliminate any excess water or moisture, make water damage repairs, and tend to any mold growth that has occurred as a result of the water. In addition, we will even restore any personal belongings that have suffered damage from the water.

SVMPS is ready to provide complete water damage restoration services for homes and businesses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN area.

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