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Signs of Internal Water Damage

Do you sneeze every morning after you shower? Is your wallpaper warped? Does your toilet feel like a rocking horse? Does your bathroom floor feel suspiciously soggy? These may be indicators of hidden water damage that could eventually threaten your health and the structural soundness of your home.

When most people think water damage they think of the obvious—a flood. However, there are many other subtle types of water damage that can occur in a home. Within the walls of your bathroom, the risk of water damage nearly doubles.

When moisture seeps into cracks and loose flooring, mold and mildew are unavoidable, which eventually leads to wood rot in walls and the subfloor. Take a look at these tips on becoming a pro at recognizing water damage before your floor gives way and sends the tub or toilet crashing down to the floor below. It’s happened.

Increased water bills

Are your utility bills going up without increased usage? Your water bill may be the first sign of an undetected leak. Compare your water bills from three months before to the same months last year to detect any drastic changes. If your usage has increased without explanation, first make sure one of your family members hasn’t taken a liking to unusually long showers. Then, call Advanced Disaster Recovery Inc. to diagnose the root of the problem.

Suspicious Smells

Do you smell a moist or musty odor even after multiple sessions with a rag and cleaner? This may be a sign of hidden water damage and mold. Because the water damage is hidden, it never has a chance to fully dry, hence the continuous smell of mold. Water damage and mold growth go hand in hand. If you have a leak that managed to sneak under your radar, there is a huge chance of mold growth. Health issues and structural damage are major points of concern. Be sure to call a professional if you find mold. DIY websites will tell you that bleach can easily remove mold. However, bleach only removes the visible layer of mold and will never fully get rid of the issue.


When drywall is subject to moisture, it becomes soggy and begins to bubble. If not adequately and quickly taken care of, it will eventually warp and break into small pieces. Investigate the area for causes. If you can’t find a noticeable source, the culprit may be internally placed pipes.

Peeling, Cracking, or swelling

Do you notice unusual cracks or paint peeling? Maybe you notice a water stain by the suspicious brown edges of the stain? Perhaps the flooring or baseboards is swelling without any signs of standing water? These are all indications of water damage. Slow leaks in pipes, loose caulking, and old appliances can all cause hidden water damage in your bathroom. In this situation, it is best to call a professional like Advanced Disaster Recovery Inc. to assist you in regaining a functioning bathroom. Catching the problem early will ensure a safe and healthy home to save you time and money later down the road.

Unusual Sounds

You may detect a quiet dripping or the sound of running water noises—especially at night when your house is much quieter. This is cause to call a professional because it indicates water issues deep within the structure of your home. Technicians carry moisture detecting equipment that can better diagnose the extent and location of the water damage.

If you find yourself in need of our water damage cleanup services, give Advanced Disaster Recovery Inc. a call! Water damage can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be! Let our experienced and certified technicians aid you in restoring your home to its safe, clean state.