SAGGING AND SINKING FLOOR
Water has a unique effect on every surface it touches. While some materials tend to bubble, you might also find that your floor has spots where it’s sagging or sinking. The effect will be subtle, but you’ll be able to tell if you take a close look, or walk over the spot yourself.
It’s possible for your wooden floorboards to soak up any water that’s leaking, which in turn makes it weak and can even make it go rotten. Weak and rotten wood is predictably weaker than the solid floorboards you originally paid for, and you’ll find that it stops doing its job as a reliable floor once this starts to happen.
LOOSE TILES AND GAPS BETWEEN FLOORBOARDS
Another lovely effect that water has on your floors is that it might cause tiles to loosen up, or floorboards to warp. Wooden floorboards can sink, like we mentioned in the point above, but they can also “buckle,” trying to curl up as much as they’re able.
Additionally, once the floorboards have been fully dried, they never quite return to normal, and they might even shrink in size. This causes annoying gaps in your floorboard, which often require total floorboard replacement. This is why it’s necessary to identify and stamp out water damage as soon as possible!
It’s hard to describe the scent of mold, but you’ll know it when you smell it. Even if you don’t know for sure that it’s mold, it’s usually pretty easy to tell if the thing you’re smelling is related to water. Everyone has smelt the scent of mildew before, so whether it’s that or mold, it is, at the very least, a sign that something is wrong.
In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf said, “always follow your nose.” We can’t think of better advice for seeking out water damage. Sometimes, there’s water damage happening in your walls, floor, and ceiling, but it’s not quite big enough to show any obvious signs in your home. But if it’s left there for a long time, water will do what it does best and spawn life, leading to mold growth, which is a health hazard unto itself.