Our work restoring buildings means that we see a lot of the effects of water damage—sometimes well after the water damage has already occurred.
When water infiltrates your masonry, time is of the essence. The longer a leak lasts, the more damage it does. If you see any of these signs of a leak, you should get your masonry evaluated by a professional.
1. Bulging, spalling, and cracking
These are all exterior signs of a leak that is degrading the masonry. Once water has leaked past the mortar joints, it can wear away at the masonry. After water has begun corroding the steel beneath, this damage will become much worse as a result of rust jacking.
2. Rust staining
This is a late-stage sign of water infiltration. You’ll find this commonly in concrete structures, where the red rust stain is visible on a lighter surface. When you see rust staining, it’s a sign that water has penetrated not only the masonry but the steel structure beneath. Water is causing the corrosion of the steel, which leaves a stain on the masonry surface.
Steel will expand as it rusts, creating further damage to your building’s structure. We call that rust jacking.
3. Mold and musty odors
After water has made it past the exterior, you may notice signs of water damage inside the building. One of these signs is mold. Mold is not always easy to detect early on because it may be hidden by interior surfaces. The musty smell is hard to miss, though.
4. Interior damage
Other interior signs that can tip you off to a water leak are staining on interior walls and ceilings. You may also see cracked drywall or peeling wallpaper as water begins to saturate your interior walls.
Keep water from damaging your building
At JK industries, we help restore and rehabilitate the exterior of commercial buildings so you don’t have to worry about what happens when water leaks into your building. We can help you prevent it from happening altogether.