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Signs of Water Damage In Your Home

Vancouver is notorious for its heavy winter rains. Unfortunately, the rainy season in the Lower Mainland can have a detrimental effect on family homes. No one wants to experience water damage, it’s difficult to deal with once it’s become a problem. There are a few warning signs that indicate whether or not you may have water damage in your house. If you manage to identify them you could save yourself time, money and property damage. You don’t want to return home to a flooded basement or leaking roof, so here are the major signs of water damage.


Mold can appear on both the interior or exterior of your home. It’s fairly common on the exterior of your home, and it doesn’t always indicate that there is a leak. However, on the interior of your home, you may notice mold as dark patches on your walls, floor tiles or around the edges of your bath or shower. Mold can be dark black, brown, grey or green.

Mold can be harmful to the interior of your home. It can affect the air quality inside your home. It’s normally the result of dampness, and generally leaks. Mold can severely damage your drywall, not to mention breathing in the moldy air can trigger allergies and colds. It can also lead to extensive respiratory problems. If you notice mold on the interior of your home, you could potentially have a leak. You should call your plumber, and have the mold carefully removed so it doesn’t spread.

Visible Changes In Wall Texture

Have you ever taken a piece of paper and gotten it wet? Did you notice how, when it dries, it dries in ripples? Now picture your walls as this sheet of paper.

If you notice any sign of warped or wrinkled wallpaper, drywall or bubbling in the ceiling… there’s a high chance you have water damage in your home. Better yet, if you touch the area in your home that has a visible change in texture, and it’s damp, you have water damage.

Changes in wall texture can be obvious. If you have a very leaky roof, for example, you’ll often notice “bubbles” in your ceiling. These are large pockets of water collecting and growing, damaging your interior. In the case of a leaking roof, you may also notice water dripping from your light fixtures. If this occurs, turn all lights and electric off, and call your plumber immediately. Here’s more information about what to do when your roof starts leaking.

Internal Leaks

A leak can lead to extensive water damage if it’s not dealt with immediately by a plumber. Some leaks are fairly harmless and easy to identify like a leaky shower or faucet. You can often fix these quickly. But other leaks can be internal. You could have a burst pipe in your walls or basement that goes unnoticed for several months. A key way to determine whether or not you have a leaking pipe in your walls is to listen carefully for the sound of rushing water.

If you hear water rushing through the pipes in your walls at an odd time of day, you could have a leak. It is normal to hear water in the pipes when you shower or use the sink for example, but when you hear water rushing around the pipes in your walls while there’s no water-related appliance in use, it could be a sign that you have an internal leak.


Discoloration can be a result of mold, but there are also clear stains that can appear on your walls, ceilings, and floors when you have water damage. These stains are often darker in color and are easiest to recognize if you have lighter walls. Here are a few more ways about how to detect leaks early.

Call Your Plumber

If you notice signs of water damage in your home, call your plumber. At Hillcrest Plumbing and Heating, we have over 50 years of experience, servicing the lower mainland. Our educated plumbers can assist you with any type of leak or water damage that you have in your home. Come on in or call us today!

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