How to Detect Moisture Damage In Your Home

With all the rain in the forecast recently, you might be worried about moisture damage. Moisture damage can occur both inside and outside of the home and many times it stems from issues related to your home’s exterior. These are a few signs to look for to determine if you have water damage and how to better protect your home.

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Signs of Interior Water Damage

Homeowners often don’t detect any problems with moisture damage until it comes into your home. These are the most common interior signs that you’ll find:


  1. Bad Odor. This is a hidden sign that moisture damage is lurking around somewhere. When water stagnates in your home, it can grow mold and bacteria. This produces an unpleasant odor, often smelling musty.

  2. Lift up Your Carpet. If you have carpeting in your home and you detect a musty smell, make sure you look underneath the flooring. Water seeks the lowest level of the home and water might be hiding underneath the carpet.

  3. Stained ceilings and walls. If you look around and notice a yellowish or brown stain on the ceiling or wall, this means that moisture is leaking from somewhere such as your roof, windows, or entry door.

  4. Sagging ceilings and walls. In addition to stains, you might also notice that your ceiling or wall is sagging. This is because the drywall is becoming saturated with water and becoming heavy.


Now that you know the signs of potential water damage in the home, let’s turn our attention to the exterior.


Signs of Exterior Water Damage

Rotting Wood is a tell tale sign that water damage has occurred and probably traveled beyond that point.

Rotting Wood is a tell tale sign that water damage has occurred and probably traveled beyond that point.

Sometimes if you catch water damage on the exterior of your home it can prevent major problems from occurring inside. Take a look for these signs of moisture damage on the outside of your home:


  1. Missing and curled shingles. While this isn’t a direct red flag for moisture damage, it indicates that water can potentially get inside your home. This is because missing or curled shingles expose your roof to the elements and make it easier for the rain to get inside.

  2. Rotting wood. This is a major sign of exterior water damage and applies to any type of wood exterior, especially with doors, siding, and windows. Wood rot is unsightly and expensive to repair. You can detect wood rot if it feels soft and spongy. It may even crumble away when you touch it.

  3. Mold. You might find mold in instances when siding panels peel away from the exterior. This allows mold or mildew to have a dark and damp place to thrive. Mold may also appear on damaged wood.


Prevent Moisture Damage with Quality Replacement Products

The good news is that you can prevent both interior and exterior moisture damage with quality vinyl replacement products. Vinyl contains essentially no pours so water cannot penetrate or damage your exterior. This is also the case for fiberglass doors.


Universal Windows Direct of Ft. Wayne provides vinyl windows and siding, fiberglass and steel entry doors, and roofing. All of these products will help protect your home from the elements and last for years. Water damage can be a serious problem. Call us if you would like a professional to check and see if you have a minor leak which needs repair or a potential major water problem.

Chris Jarvis