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5 Signs of Water Damage to Your Home

Water damage is the most common cause of property loss, and it can hit at any time. While there are some obvious signs of water damage, many are not so obvious. Here are five signs that you might have water damage in your home:


1. Water stains on the ceiling

Water stains are a common sign of water damage to your home, and they can be caused by many different factors. These include:

  • Roof leaks

  • Plumbing leaks

  • Condensation caused by humidity or air conditioning units not being properly ventilated

2. Uncertainty about where that musty smell is coming from

When you notice a musty smell in your home, it’s time to investigate. That scent can be caused by mold, which grows on wet surfaces and can cause health issues if inhaled or ingested. Mold can also spread through your home, causing structural damage and making your house uninhabitable.


3. Your utility bill is much higher than it should be

If you're noticing a sudden increase in your utility bills, it could be a sign of water damage. Water can seep into walls or floors and cause mold and mildew growth, which reduces insulation value and leads to higher energy usage. If there's a leaky pipe or appliance, this can also lead to higher temperatures and increased air conditioning use.

If you notice that certain appliances are not working properly after the incident of water damage occurred, this is another sign that you may have experienced some form of flooding or moisture intrusion. Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators are particularly susceptible to issues related to excess moisture because they need ventilation for proper operation.


4. Your flooring is warping, cupping, or buckling

If you have a moisture problem in your home, then your floors may begin to warp and buckle as time goes on. Moisture can also cause wood floors to cup (bend inward), which makes them look like they have small bowls on their surface. These problems are not reversible, so it's important to take action before more damage occurs.

While many homeowners focus on repairing water damage after they find it in their homes, preventing these issues from occurring in the first place is much easier than repairing them later on down the line when they're much more expensive and time-consuming to fix by themselves!


5. You can see sagging in your walls or ceilings

You may notice sagging in your walls or ceilings. This is a sign of water damage, and it can be caused by a leaky roof, broken pipe, or flood. A small amount of sagging won't necessarily cause structural damage to your home—but if the problem goes untreated and gets worse over time, it could cause more severe problems down the road. If you suspect that there's been some sort of water intrusion into your home (like after a heavy rainstorm), check for signs like moldy smell and discoloration on walls or ceilings.


If you suspect water damage, take action immediately to avoid worse problems later.

Some of the most common signs of water damage include:

  • Mold. If mold is visible, this is a sure sign that there was some kind of water intrusion.

  • Structural damage. If you notice cracks in walls or ceilings, this may be due to structural issues caused by excess moisture and/or humidity.

  • Electrical issues. Water can cause electrical components to fail and electrocute anyone who comes into contact with them—even if the fixture itself looks fine on the surface! It's best not to take any chances here; call an electrician immediately if you suspect something might be wrong with your wiring or outlets after an incident like this one has occurred!


Need help with filing water damages to your insurance company? Santos Public Adjusters can help you recover damages to your property.

If you have water damage, Santos Public Adjusters can help you recover damages to your property. We can also help you file a claim with your insurance company and negotiate a settlement with them.


If you believe that your home has been damaged by water, it’s important to take action immediately. Otherwise, the damage could get worse and more costly to repair. Call Santos Public Adjusters today at (305) 696-7818 for a free consultation with an experienced public adjuster who can answer all of your questions about filing a claim.

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