How To: Dry Out a Hidden Water Leak or Water Damage

Many homeowners are unaware of hidden water leaks which can interfere with the sale of a home, or be a concern for a new home buyer. A cracked pipe, broken seal, leaking spigot, there are a number of ways that water can creep into places it is not meant to go. The long-term results are more visible, including mold, rot, blistered paint, or damaged flooring.

A minor water leak often leads to major repair bills. But it’s possible to avoid the worst water damage by catching the situation early. You would probably notice a sagging ceiling above the dining room table. But what about more subtle signs? Water damage doesn’t always turn up at the source. It follows the path of least resistance, and then makes an appearance in unlikely places. You have to follow your nose, use your detective skills, or just put two and two together.

One big clue is whether there’s been a past incident with water in the home. Too often, the visible signs of a leak are eliminated but dampness within the walls or the floors is not. A floor that seems spongy and softer than it should is an indication that all is not dry underfoot. Mildew on an inside wall should set off alarm bells, or at least an investigation.

Leaks are cumulative. Building materials can absorb a surprising amount of liquid at first, but eventually the damage spreads to a deeper level, undermining your home’s structure and foundation.
Today’s homes are all about tight envelopes and energy efficiency. We have bulked up on the insulation, sealed leaks and gaps, and worked to keep as much conditioned air as possible inside the building. This efficiency, however, sometimes overlooks the fact that buildings need air circulation. Poor air flow becomes a real problem when there is water trapped somewhere. Consequences may include:

  • Mold and mildew, and an unhealthy environment for the occupants
  • Permanent damage to wood, carpet, wallpaper, paint and furnishings
  • Drywall & insulation that needs to be removed and replaced
  • Contaminated ductwork and other systems

Kelmann Restoration Has Tools & Skills to Dry Out Your Home

Even if water damage leaves no visible tracks, it is not something you want to live with. Crawl spaces, basements, air conditioning systems, attics, and windows are vulnerable if the situation isn’t professionally resolved. The longer the situation is allowed to fester, the more expensive the ultimate clean-up becomes.

While we tend to think of water damage as having an outside source, this is not always the case. The occasional hurricane or blizzard or tornado garners the lion’s share of publicity. But the humble leaking pipe behind the washing machine can be equally devastating, especially if it’s not noticed for weeks or months.

If something’s bothering you and you’ve been avoiding repairs, maybe it’s time to focus on remedy. Mildew around the shower stall? Funky odor in the laundry room? Peeling paint in the kitchen? Could be trouble.

Call Kelmann Restoration at 414-774-3799 or fill out our 5 minute response form here. Don’t just dry it and forget it. That sneaky little leak could come back to haunt you!

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It was interesting to read that the building materials of the house can absorb leaks for a long time before showing symptoms. My husband found out we had a leak in our basement we hadn’t noticed. We are going to look for a damage repair company that can help us clean the basement.