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Wall Marks? Should I get this inspected?

Hello,

I recently purchased a home and just noticed this markings on the wall and I have become a little scared it is something serious. Are markings like this normal?

This interior wall is on the main level of a 2 story home (plus a basement). It sits below the master bathroom, hence my worry. The marking are not wet to the touch but do feel slightly cooler to the touch.
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Welcome to the forums!

How old is the house? what is directly above that wall?

If you can rule out any moisture the odds are it's only cosmetic.
 
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Hello marksr!

The home was built in 1998.

Directly above that wall would be the floor of a hallway. But directly above where I am standing (view point in the photo) is where the bathtub in the master bedroom sits. For reference, I am probably 4-5 feet away from the wall in the photo.
 
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Could be stains from an old leak. As long as you can verify there isn't a leak of some kind and the wall stays dry - the fix would be to coat that area with a stain hiding primer and repaint.
 
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What would you recommend to be the best way to verify there isnt a leak? Sorry, I am by no means a handy man.
 
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I'd just keep an eye on it. Plumbing leaks don't fix themselves so if there is a leak - you'll find out sooner or later Since the wall feels dry, you are probably ok
 
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Would I expect to feel the wall give a little if I push on it if there was a leak?

Thank you for the feedback!
 
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Maybe, but it's hard to say if it is weaker because it's currently wet, had gotten wet previously [and dried out] along with the fact that drywall will have more give between the studs. If you see no change in the wall in a week or two - it's likely fine.
 
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Thank you! I will keep an eye on it.
 
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Is it doing something similar on the ceiling? Water will usually soak the ceiling first before it goes down the walls. May very well have been an issue with a previous leak that was fixed and they tried to hide it for the sale of the house with a single coat of a less expensive paint. If it is not growing, is not wet, and shows no signs of an active leak, your can probably hide with a quality paint. Is this an actively used bathroom above the area?
 
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There are no marks on the ceiling (that i remember, at work now).

Yes it is actively used.
 
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