When a property is experiencing water damage, it is hard to ignore. The effects that water damage has on a home over time will begin to show and cause worse problems. Moreover, they are harder to fix the longer it is avoided. Floods can occur for a multitude of reasons including, but not limited to, burst pipes, natural disasters, and faulty appliances. No matter the amount of water that comes from these disasters, it’s important to treat all as a threat that needs to be addressed immediately.
Water damage is not only harmful to a property but also affects a person’s health over time. To keep yourself and the integrity of your home safe, it is important to truly grasp the severity of the effects of water damage. The moment any sort of leak or flood is noticed, water damage restoration needs to begin. It’s not a matter that can be taken lightly; multiple problems can immerge when the problems aren’t taken care of.
Over time, water damage will begin to affect the overall integrity of a property. When water is left untreated, structural damage is sure to happen. Depending on how much water was actually present, there is no limit as to what can be damaged and will need to be replaced or restored. Drywall can crumble and deteriorate, the subfloor can warp and split, and foundations and concrete can crack. Water present in the foundation will weaken the entire structure unless taken care of promptly and properly. To bring the structure’s safety back up, everything will have to be replaced or restored.
Mold is one of the most dangerous effects of water damage. It begins to grow everywhere, hidden in places that may not be able to be found without professional help within 24 hours. No matter if the amount of water is large or small, mold will invade. Mold will compromise anything near the water, including but not limited to personal belongings, furniture, and even the structural integrity of a house. If the mold is not immediately taken care of, rampant mold growth could take over a house and, in extreme cases, cause the structure to be condemned.
Moreover, mold can also damage a person’s health. It causes health problems such as allergic reactions, asthma attacks, eye and/or skin irritation, irritated throats/nose, and lung problems. Moreover, repeated and elongated mold exposure can increase one’s sensitivity, causing more severe allergic reactions. Exposure to certain molds that produce toxins called mycotoxins can cause more serious illnesses as well.
The longer that water is allowed to sit in a home, the more mold grows and the higher chance of the spread of bacteria and contaminants. Depending on the kind of water that plagues the home, these contaminants can run rampant in the home, causing all sorts of illnesses. A person in this type of environment who is constantly exposed to water damage can experience illnesses ranging from a mild upset stomach to serious illnesses such as dysentery, typhoid fever, and other water-borne illnesses.
Water damage is not a situation to be taken lightly. It needs to be taken care of as soon as it is noticed to avoid the problem getting worse. However, trying to tackle it on your own can be a long and taxing process. Water damage restoration professionals at Harper Special Services can be sure to solve the problem for you quickly and appropriately. You do not need to risk your health to clean up after water damage, let the professionals help you.