How to Smell Water Damage

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Water leaks and flooding can result in an enormous amount of home water damage. Cleaning your home after a flood and looking for water drips on the floor is not enough! Home items and components might be permanently ruined before you even realize it. Looking at the interior and exterior of your home will not tell you if there’s a problem. You must use your other senses, such as smell, to detect home water damage. Home water damage doesn’t just mean damage to electronics and appliances; it can also be structural damage to walls and floors. Detecting water damage at an early stage gives you enough time to fix things before the problem becomes irreparable.


Molds are a type of tiny living organism from the fungi family. They thrive on moisture. They can multiply on any material and surface, most of the time in objects made of cellulose. Most homes have mold infections due to indoor moisture problems caused by leaks and flooding.

When there’s water leakage, mold grows rapidly. Normally, molds grow in damp areas, like the bathroom, flooded basements, areas around leaking pipes, and leaking roofs. These molds can significantly affect the health of the people living inside the home, so it’s wise to remove them and prevent them spreading. Appropriate actions should be taken to stop mold from mushrooming. Mold detection is a skill that one should learn, especially after flooding. In fact, it should be a skill that one should have before ever investing in a house!

Detecting Leaks

Using your nose to detect leaks is easy. Molds have a strong earthy, musty odor. If you smell this rank and moldy odor, it means there are molds in your home and that water is present where it shouldn’t be. Ultimately, it suggests that there is water damage. Once you perceive a moldy smell, investigate right away. These scents are mostly found in these appliances, room furniture and spaces: air-conditioning units, heating and air-conditioning ducts, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, refrigerator drip pans, basements, attics, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and carpets.

Scentless Molds

Despite the lack of moldy smell inside your home, molds can still grow behind the walls and between panels and canals. After a flood, it’s still better to check between these areas to prevent further water damage.

Water Damage Aftermath

Once you’ve detected the water damage in your home, it’s time to restore, repair, and recover. You must restore your home to its previous condition by doing things such as replacing destroyed carpets, cleaning drapes, and installing new wallpaper. Plumbing repairs may be needed in some cases. In others, structural repairs, such as wall reconstruction, may be required. It may include replacing water damaged dry walls and flooring, as well as installing new insulation.