Signs of water damage

Because Plombier Montreal is among the best in local emergency plumbing (urgence plombier ) services, we have seen many problems that require an expert touch. But not all plumbing problems are obvious at first glance, and as a result, most of the worst cases that we see have been going on for months at a time. Because of this, by the time we are called in the problem has grown out of control, requiring extensive repairs to correct.

Be sure to keep an eye out for these common symptoms of water damage or risk having to rip out your entire bathroom and start all over again.


As the old saying goes, “The nose, always knows.” If one of your rooms has all of sudden began having an old musty smell, it may be water damage lingering somewhere around the plumbing. As water continues to stagnate, as well as continues to be absorbed by the building materials around it, the walls, flooring, and other areas around the damage start to become a Petri dish. As more mold and bacteria grows, so does the odor. Before too long, you will not be able to stomach the smell, which probably shouldn’t be breathed in for long in any case.

Stains and Discoloration

Stains and discoloration on walls and ceilings is a red flag for water damage. However, not all homeowners know that leaks often cause stains in rooms other than bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where there is a lot of plumbing. This is especially true in rooms directly next to or underneath a bathroom; as water drains away, there could leaks further down the line causing these stains. Most stains are brown or yellow, although faded or discolored spots may be present as well. Even if these types of stains are relatively small, you should not wait to see if the problem grows worse because it will inevitably hit your wallet much harder, the longer you wait.

Peeling Paint

An easy identifier to miss with regards to water damage is for paint to begin peeling away from the walls and ceilings. This is especially true when you know that it is too soon for your paint to begin to peeling away. The moisture caused from standing water, as well as water remaining within the drywall, is what forces paint to separate away from the surface. If it seems too soon for your paint to begin showing signs of distress, then it could be from a plumbing leak or other types of water damage eating away at the wall within.

Sinking Ceilings and Doorways

Does it seem like your ceilings are little shorter than before? Or do you suddenly have to duck each time that you walk through a doorway? Then chances are, you have water that is seeping into drywall, doorways, and other building materials. Even if you are not finding sources of standing water, the porous surfaces may be wicking the water away from the source. As time goes on, these materials grow heavier with the added weight of the absorbed water.

As doorways and walls continue to become heavy, they begin to sink lower than they should. This does not just force your doors and flooring out of square, but could lead to structural and even foundation problems as well.

Standing Water

Few things are as quite as frustratingly annoying as finding a standing puddle on the floor while you are wearing socks. However, if this is occurring more frequently, it may not be a rogue ice cube melting. Water will always roll towards the lowest point on the floors, and when it slowly drips out of a nearby pipe, it will continue to pool until the problem is corrected.

While initially, this symptom may not seem so bad, it will quickly cause damage beneath the floor. This will lead to mold and mildew growth, as well as foundation issues. If you have recently found standing water or even spongy floors, the chances are that you have water damage.

There are other symptoms of water damage as well, and with plumbing throughout your home inside and out, mold and mildew growth can happen almost anywhere. If you are unsure if you have water damage, or if you suspect that you do, it is a better strategy to go the safe route and call in a professional to inspect your home before it is too late.

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