5 Signs You Might Have Water Damage

Nobody thinks it will ever happen to them. We can empathize with other people when it does, but we never think that we will actually be the ones with a flooded basement, water heater malfunction, or sewage backup. Water damage in your home or business — no matter how big or small — can create major headaches down the road if not taken care of properly. In today’s blog here at 1-800-WET-CARPET in McLean, we are going to dive into some of the most common signs that your home or business may have water damage.


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1. Visible stains and discoloration

When an area of your house has water damage, it’s usually evident from a water stain or light discoloration of wallpaper, drywall, or other wall surfaces. When water has been absorbed into a surface, it often changes to a darker shade relative to the other material around it. Similar to the way that when you splash water on your clothing, the wet area appears darker than the dry areas surrounding it. Keep an eye out for water stains and discoloration in areas that have greater amounts of plumbing and pipes, like restrooms, laundry rooms, or kitchens.

2. Standing water

This sign may seem more obvious — of course, if you see standing water there is likely to be water damage that follows. Obvious water from flooding or appliance failure is not what we are talking about, though. We are talking about when you see a small puddle of water on the floor that seems strange. It could just be some water that spilled from someone’s water cup, spray from the sink, or some other one-time accident. However, if you consistently notice there is a small puddle or wet spot in one particular area, investigate further. This could be a sign of more serious water damage that should be addressed right away.


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3. A sudden jump in the water bill

Most peoples water bill tends to stabilize and remain fairly consistent after they have lived in the house for a few months. If you notice that your water bill has suddenly jumped, then first ask yourself if you have any teenage children. If the answer is no, then it’s possible you are paying for water that is leaking into your home and causing water damage. If you have managed to make it a full month and only noticed after the water bill jumped up, then call an expert right away. This means that excess water has been leaking — or pouring — somewhere in your house unbeknownst to you for a full month and has likely caused significant water damage.

4. Mold

Mold and water damage go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, Seattle and rain, or hotdogs and hamburgers. You don’t really see one without the other. Mold requires a damp, humid, and dark environment. Mold can be a sign that you’ve had a water damage problem for quite some time and is also very detrimental to your health. When you encounter mold, call a mold removal and water damage restoration expert like our family here at 1-800-WET-CARPET in McLean.

5. You can sense it

It is unlikely that you have developed a sixth, water-damage sense overnight. When we say that you can sense it, we mean that you can often see, hear, and smell water damage. Water damage can be seen by the markers it leaves behind like water stains and discoloring of surfaces.


Water damage can also be heard. We’ve all heard the trickle of water through the walls when someone drains the bathtub or flushes a toilet on the floor above you — those are all normal sounds. But, if you start to hear different consistent dripping or a new rush of water within the walls that have never been there before, then there is a chance that there is some water damage that is out of sight.


Sometimes, people can detect water damage by its odor. Water itself typically doesn’t have much of a smell associated with it. However, when it gets soaked into a wall, wood, or other surfaces in your home, it can create a musty and damp odor. It is a similar odor to that of a swimsuit and towel that wasn’t properly dried and has been sitting for a few days — damp and musty.


There are plenty of other signs that may indicate that your home or business may be quietly suffering from water damage. If you notice any of the above signs or suspect that your home has water damage, then contact us at 1-800-WET-CARPET in McLean today for water damage inspection and mitigation services!