Signs Of Hidden Water Damage

Water damage can wreak havoc in a home, creating the perfect environment for mold to grow and ruining furniture and the structural stability of your home if left unchecked. Leaks that occur behind walls and in hard to reach areas can be hard to notice until the damage is already done, which can result in costly and time consuming repairs. Knowing what to look for can help you identify and deal with hidden leaks and water damage before they can spread.


If the paint on your walls or ceiling is beginning to bubble, warp, or discolor, there may be water leaking from a pipe behind it. The same goes for wallpaper, and is even more likely when it occurs in straight lines, as this will most likely mark the path of the pipe behind the wall or ceiling.


Pipes below the floors that begin to leak can cause the floorboards to buckle and point upwards. This is a safety hazard, as it greatly increases the risk of tripping. Sometimes, such damage is hard to see by eye, but can be easily felt. If you notice that your floorboards are no longer flush with each other, you may want to contact a plumber to check for water damage.

Doors and Windows

If you have wooden window and doorframes, your windows and doors may become hard to open and close. This happens as the frames absorb water from the air in your home, and increased humidity can usually be linked to leaks within your home (though environmental factors do play a role). While this is probably not a standalone reason to check for water damage and leaks, it is a good indicator if you are in doubt.


Stains can begin to appear on walls and ceilings. Besides damaging the wallpaper or paint, as discussed above, water damage can manifest itself as damage to the crown moldings and baseboards, which will begin to crack or crumble. Cracks can also begin to appear suddenly in the middle of the wall or ceiling if the water damage has lasted an extended period of time.

Sound of Running Water

If you can hear water moving or running at all, there is probably water flowing into the walls of your home. If the plumbing of your home is completely structurally sound, you should not hear any water sounds at all. If you do hear running water and no taps or water using appliances are in use in your home, contact a plumber like Trenchless Pipe Technologies immediately.