The Disastrous Effects Of Water Damage

Posted on: 7 February 2017

Water damage can affect a home for a variety of reasons. Perhaps a pipe burst and flooded one or more rooms in your home. Or maybe there was flooding in your area and your home was impacted. Whatever the case may be, it is imperative that, if you have recently sustained water damage, you have a water damage restoration professional come to your home and inspect it thoroughly. Even when the signs of water damage are not clearly visible, they may still be there and, if left untended to, can lead to serious and disastrous consequences, consequences that could have been avoided if the problem was addressed sooner.

Mold and Fungal Growth

To start off with, one of the biggest risks associated with water damage is the increased likelihood of mold and fungal growth in the affected home. Mold and fungi, which are not always visible to the untrained eye, have the potential to cause some serious health problems if they are not dealt with quickly.

Their presence, for example, can lead to the development of asthma, as well as aggravation of already-present asthma symptoms, increase the risk of other respiratory problems, diminish air quality, and just decrease health and immunity in general. 

Obviously, you do not want your family and yourself to be affected in these ways, so it's very important to have a home thoroughly inspected and, if necessary, treated for these water damage related issues soon after water exposure occurs.

Viruses and Bacteria

Another major risk that can and often does go hand-in-hand with water damage is the risk of dangerous, potentially deadly bacteria and other contaminants being present in your home.

If your floors become soaked with water, even if they later appear dry, they can carry major viruses, such as hepatitis. 

Because you do not want these kinds of things in your home where they can affect you and those you care about, it is imperative to have damaged floors inspected and, in most cases, removed and replaced or restored.

Warping and Rotting

Something else that can happen if your home is exposed to water damage is that the structures of your home can become weakened and, in some cases, can even warp and rot. This is especially true with wood, though other home materials can be adversely affected as well.

Over time, this can severely impact the integrity, safety, and overall structure of your home.

Obviously, water damage is not something to play around with, so if you have recently been the victim of such a problem, seek expert help like Spotless Carpet Cleaners & Janitorial Services Inc.


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