Hidden home water damage red flags

Q: The bathroom floor in one of my rental apartments is spongy—what’s causing this?
-Maria, Woodbridge, NJ

A: Maria, the sponginess of your bathroom floor was probably caused by excess moisture in the bathroom. Excess moisture over time can create mold which can be hazardous to your health and can ruin flooring. There may be hidden water damage in your property near ceilings and in and around bathrooms. Excess moisture can come from a leaky toilet, a broken shower spout or a roof leak—it’s best to address these issues immediately by making necessary repairs or getting a dehumidifier because over time water can cause structural damage to your property. Thanks for your question, Maria—good luck. For more real estate tips and information, visit or I’m Gerald Lucas and I’ll see you again soon.