There are many ways to tell if your walls are affected by water damage. Softened drywall, for example, is a common sign of water damage. Try pushing against the affected area and see if it sinks inward or buckles. If it does, then the wall has experienced water damage. If so, you should contact a professional restoration service to assess the damage and determine the best course of action. In addition, it’s vital to check the drywall’s condition before making a final decision.
While this may sound daunting, it can help dry out walls that are soaked with water. You should also check your insulation, as exposed pipes can freeze and burst. Infrared imaging can help detect the presence of water and a specialized drying equipment can remove the excess moisture without damaging the baseboard. Often, this equipment can be used in conjunction with high-capacity air movers to remove excess moisture from the walls.
Another way to detect water damage is by pushing on a wall or ceiling and looking for paint discoloration or stains. While this is not a visible sign, it does indicate a problem with the housing material. In multi-story homes, the ceiling may have visible water damage. However, walls and ceilings may be hidden behind furniture or other fixtures. This water damage can also cause soft spots in drywall or other housing materials.