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The Hazards of Water Damage
Water damage hazards can be caused by a major catastrophe such as flooding, rain, ice storm or by a minor appliance malfunction in the home that simply developed from a leak or from wear and tear and elevated to a more serious structural damage. These hazards left unattended can cause further damage to external/internal structure, property, and cause various health-related problems.
Examples of structural damage can be water trapped inside the structure that cause wood surfaces to rot and swell; roofs, ceilings and walls to stain, peel, bulge and collapse, and electrical systems to malfunction. The degree of severity can range from mild to major and quickly progress if not immediately addressed.
Malfunctioning appliances such as, washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners can leak or overflow. Faulty sump pumps and toilets can be very hazardous from the back up of debris and water damage.
Damage to internal property is most common to carpet because it very easily absorbs water. If not attended to attract insects, bacteria, and mold.
Even more intimidating, health problems suffered from exposure to water damage is a hazard. This humid environment is a breeding ground for mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi and dust mites and can begin growing within hours after exposure. Continuously being exposed to this moist environment can cause headaches, skin rashes, asthma and other respiratory problems.
Being proactive can limit or avoid hazards that water damage cause to structural, property and health-related problems. Watch for areas that appear to be sinking around the foundation; look for standing water after a hard rain; check gutters, cracked cement and rust.
To avoid further exposure to water damage, carpets should be cleaned and completely dried out before further use. Walls should be cleaned with anti-mold solvents and dried. Mold will grow wherever areas are damp and the air is not re-circulated.
Quick response is the key to eliminate hazards of water damage. For a free estimate, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110.