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Your bathroom is one of the most prevalent areas for water damage within your Bridgeport home. To prevent water damage in your bathroom from developing, it is important to know what indications of water damage to look for. Below are five of the most common signs of bathroom water damage according to our restoration experts at Disaster Restoration Services.
It is possible to identify a mold problem without ever actually seeing it. Mold leaves a distinct musty odor. If you notice this smell in your bathroom, it is most likely due to the fact that there is mold growing somewhere. Many people make the mistake of recognizing an unpleasant odor but not doing anything about right away. As a result, they unwittingly allow mold to continue growing and spreading in the bathroom and throughout the property. Don’t waste any time to begin looking for a mold problem if you ever notice a musty odor in your bathroom.
Warped And Discolored Walls
The warping or discoloration of walls is usually an indication of water damage. If you notice this in your walls there are a couple of different ways to determine if it is from water damage or not. First, you can feel the affected area to check for moisture. If it is moist, then the cause of the warping or discoloration is almost certainly due to water damage. If you don’t notice any moisture from touch, you should call a cleaning and restoration company to inspect it to determine the source of the damage.
Where there is water damage, again, there is almost always mold. Bathrooms are notorious for small leaks that cause gradual water damage. These kinds of leaks create the ideal conditions for mold to grow. This is because these leaks sometimes go unnoticed for long periods of time since they are so subtle. Thus, mold has plenty of time to begin growing and spreading from the leaky water. If you notice any mold in your bathroom, take action right away to clean it up. If you clean up the mold as soon as possible, then it is likely that there won’t be any permanent or expensive damage.
Bathroom floors are designed to withstand water –unless a leak develops. Then persistent moisture below the floor will cause cracking, buckling, and staining. If your home was built with a wooden floor truss system, the subfloor is usually made of plywood. When subjected to moisture or hidden leaks, the floor will gradually become softer, maybe even somewhat unstable and spongy. The plywood will rot and the floor will start to feel soft in places, eventually collapsing.
Hair, grease, and dirt can all contribute to a backed-up shower drain. Because the blockage keeps water from going down and accumulating in the drain, clogged drains also contribute to mold growth. To make matters worse, this may not be the end of the mold growth. The mold can continue to grow and spread throughout your shower and bathroom.
Don’t let your Bridgeport bathroom be affected by water damage! Our team at Disaster Restoration Services is here to help with any water damage questions or any restoration needs you may have.