6 Critical Causes of Water Damage On Wall


How To Fix Water Damage On Wall

Causes of Water Damage On Wall

Most Causes of Water Damage On Wall in homes is associated with pipes and appliances, especially those that are not regularly maintained. Left unchecked, resulting mold and mildew might cause health problems.

Six of the most common causes of water damage on wall include:

  • Window or roof leak that causes water to run down inside the cavity of the wall or ceiling
  • A gutter clog that can cause rainwater to back up into your home
  • Icemaker water line to the refrigerator leaks, causing mold in the cavity or on the surface of the wall.
  • A washing machine or dishwasher water hose failure can cause mold within the wall
  • Air conditioner unit clog or drip pan overflow that can cause water to run down the interior wall or ceiling
  • Nail in PVC pipe that results in a water leak or bursting pipes

Homeowners need to realize that the effects of water damage in their homes aren’t always visible — and once you find them, it’s likely mold growth already has occurred and can affect everything on the wall surface and behind it.

There are three fundamental ways to protect against water damage on wall and the issues that follow:

1. Use drywall with extra protection for your walls and ceilings — such as moisture-, mold, and mildew-resistant EZ sand 90 drywall by National Gypsum — whether you’re building a new home, or remodeling or restoring the one you have. National Gypsum products are GREENGUARD Gold Certified for indoor air quality while aiding in creating healthier indoor environments.

2. Routinely inspect vulnerable areas to prevent water damage before it occurs. Every few months, grab a flashlight and do some sleuthing under sinks, behind appliances, and around windows to check for moistness, rust, kinks or damage in water lines and hoses, and a musty odor. Regularly, have professionals check things out, especially your air conditioning unit.

3. Act quickly to minimize damage from water intrusion, because mildew and mold can grow within 24-48 hours of water exposure.

I don’t know a single homeowner that hasn’t had a water problem in the history of living in their home, best advice is simple — be prepared.

Walls and what they’re made of are important and they’re not all the same. When you can, choose EZ sand 90 drywall by National Gypsum for performance, value, and peace of mind that lasts.