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The Four Most Obvious Signs Of Water Damage In Los Angeles County

water damage los angeles countyWater damage can be very sneaky and likes to hide in all the hard-to-find areas of your home. In other cases, however, it doesn’t hide very well at all and is easy to detect. When this is the case, it is usually because you can see one of the signs listed below. From our water damage restoration experts at PRC in Los Angeles County, here are four of the most obvious signs of water damage you should be aware of. 

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Visible Mold

If you see any visible mold in your home, you should take action right away. Having visible mold means that you don’t just have a water problem but that the water problem has been there long enough to allow mold to begin growing. Mold grows quickly and it is very difficult to completely eradicate once it has taken root so the sooner you get rid of the mold the better. In addition to being difficult to remove, mold is also problematic because of the health problems it can cause. Mold exposure is associated with many minor health problems like irritated skin, runny nose, coughing, and fatigue. For those with weak immune systems, however, mold can be more dangerous and lead to serious respiratory difficulties. 

Staining And Discoloration

Like mold, stained or discolored walls and ceilings are an indication of serious water damage. It takes time for staining and discoloration to occur so if you see it you can be assured that the water has been there for a while. You will also need to call for professional water damage restoration help for a problem like this since it is in your walls and/or ceiling. A professional restoration company will be able to effectively remove the water and remove the damage left behind by the water. 

A Musty Odor

If you detect a musty odor in your home, it is likely an indication that you have a water damage problem somewhere. That distinct musty smell that no one wants to have around stems from mold. Thus, if you detect such an odor, you should begin looking for the source of the smell right away. Moreover, the mold problem must be at least somewhat serious for a musty smell to permeate your home since you won’t be able to pick up a musty odor from just a small amount of mold. 

Warped Or Buckling Walls, Ceilings, Or Floors

When water pools behind your walls or above your ceiling, the weight gradually wears on them. Over time, this can lead to them bulging or warping in an unsightly manner. The moisture can also weaken the materials in the walls or ceiling making them even more likely to be damaged. 

While water damage is often hard to detect, the signs listed above are a surefire indication that you’ve got water damage in your home you need to deal with. So, if you do see any of these things going on in your home, give us a call for help without delay.