If you notice signs of water damage, you may not think it’s a big deal. After all, you may see a slight damp patch on a wall or a small puddle of water under the sink. But, this is a mistake, any signs of water damage should be taken seriously because you may only be seeing a small part of the problem. There may be more water damage hidden out of sight and water is a universal solvent that can dissolve many materials. This can include damage to the structures that underpin your home and this damage is expensive to fix. In this article, we will examine six negative water damage effects in more detail.
1. The Home is Devalued
As water damage becomes more serious, it’s hard to hide and any good appraiser will notice. Trying to paint over stains or patch damaged areas will not work. If the situation is not remedied, there may be a moldy odor that is hard to ignore. These factors will be enough to turn away potential buyers and this will devalue the home.
2. Mold Growth
Anyone that’s lived in a home where a major water leak or flooding has occurred will understand that mold growth is one of the worst consequences of water damage. Water at the correct temperature is an ideal medium for mold growth. Mold can grow across a surface in 48 hours and once it’s present, it is hard to treat and remove. Untreated mold will spread and release spores which reduces the indoor air quality (IAQ).
3. Structural Damage
Any structural damage will be determined by the volume of water in the affected areas. The subfloor may warp and split, the drywall can deteriorate quickly and these materials may need to be restored or even replaced. Solid materials are also at risk, the concrete, stone or masonry foundations can soak up water through pores and cracks in the surface. These tiny water pockets must be removed or they could cause defects in the foundations that may weaken the home.
4. Electrical System Damage
If an electrical system sustains moisture damage, the outlets, wiring and electrical boxes are unsafe. They cannot be used until a professional inspects the electrical system. Water damage typically occurs in several areas. They are: hot water tanks, furnaces, dryers, washing machines, and electrical outlets that are mounted lower on the walls.
5. Health Risks
Exposure to water damage and floodwater can lead to a bacterial risk from microbial organisms. These harmful contaminants may linger in the carpets, furniture, drapes and even in the HVAC system after drying. Direct contact with these microorganisms may cause a number of health issues including respiratory problems.
Insects thrive in moist areas, they are a perfect breeding ground for fleas, ticks, beetles, mosquitoes and spiders. When the initial bugs die and the eggs hatch even more insects will be attracted to your home.
When you notice water damage, it’s important to act fast to minimize the damage and restoration costs. If you need professional assistance, contact your local plumber and they will be happy to help.