Water damage can be caused from both external sources, such as storms or flooding, as well as internal sources, such as leaks or pipe bursts. Water damage can be significant if not addressed in a timely manner as it can cause structural damage as well as health concerns. Many different issues can lead to significant water damage before you realize it; a small leak can quickly become a major problem. Whether you spot water damage in your home, or if you see water damage when shopping for a new house, determining if it is old or new can be helpful in identifying potential problems.

Although it can be difficult to figure out if water damage is old or new, here are some common indicators that may be helpful:

  • Feels wet or moist.

If the area feels wet to the touch, the water damage is new. This is especially the case if the material is still firm and structurally secure. As the material is exposed to water for longer periods of time, it may begin to feel mushy or soft due to the water soaking into the material. If the area is wet or mushy to the touch, it is a good idea to have it looked at by a professional.

  • Standing water.

Standing water is a concern that should be addressed immediately. If it’s not professionally extracted, standing water can lead to health issues due to mold and mildew as well as structural damage.

  • Presence of mold.

Mold is often found in areas with water damage as the increased moisture provides ideal conditions for growth. It can be an indicator of water damage and can damage structural materials as well as your belongings. Also, mold can also pose a threat to your health if left untreated. If you have mold growing in your home, it should be looked at and treated by a professional.

  • Rings on walls or ceilings.

Rings or discoloration on ceilings and walls is commonly the result of water damage that has dried. However, it is important to monitor these areas for additional rings or staining as it might be indicative of sporadic leaks and water damage. It may be helpful to photograph these areas as documentation to compare if you suspect additional water damage in the future.

Royal Plus, Inc. is dedicated to restoring your home or business and its contents to pre-damage conditions through our quality water damage restoration service. If you need water damage restoration services, call 866-404-7537 or visit RoyalPlus.com to learn more.