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Water Damage in Basement of Your Home
It’s a nightmare that we all dread facing. And what is more concerning is that it can happen to all of us without warning. All it takes is a strong rainstorm, a flash flood, a faulty water pump, a tub left to overflow and this is only to name a few. The aftermath is shocking. Yes, water damage is certainly a fear a homeowner always has in the back of his mind. Yet interestingly, little is understood about it when it comes to its long term consequences, other than that it is quite a mess to clean up. Even after the water has evaporated and been removed, there is still much that can happen to impact the integrity of both the structure of the house. Micro particles left from the water damage, such as mold and mildew, are also a health hazard that can result from water damage. In this article, we will review the hazards of water damage and its dangers to one’s health and safety.
Most reported water damages occur in the basement of a house or structure, due to it being beneath ground. As a result of the potential of gravity, water will seep into basements if the water pump of the facility has been compromised or overwhelmed. Wood, a material that is commonly used as part of the foundation of homes, when in contact with water, is especially vulnerable when in contact with water as it will eventually be weakened and perhaps even rot. As a result, important support columns can slowly tilt and come apart and wallboards within the house can collapse. This, obviously, will take away the integrity of the structure and can present a safety hazard when left untreated. To prevent structural damage, one should always do a personal inspection of the damaged area. Common signs are soft wood, squeaking of floorboards, and the sagging of the floor. If found, immediately call the appropriate authority.
Mold and Mildew
Another, and perhaps even more dangerous, hazard of water damage is mold and mildew. This vegetation grows in an environment that is moist and of course, a water damaged area is a perfect habitat. Many ignorantly believe that as long as there is no direct contact with the mold, it is safe. Yet, its potential hazard is, in fact, the spores the mold creates that are unseen to the eye. Even if you are not near an immediate area of mold, these spores can be exposed to your skin and inhaled into your respiratory system. Medical consequences of exposure to mold are skin irritation, allergic reaction, respiratory disease, and even cancer. In addition to mold, water damage from floodwaters can also contain bacteria and disease which can lead to insect infestation. If mold is discovered, immediately leave the area and call a professional to take care of it. Other water damage hazards are contact with electrical systems and gas, which can cause electrical shock and gas poisoning. Also, water damage can include property damage which in turn will lower the property value of a house.
We certainly all want to avoid the horror of waking up one morning and jumping out of bed into water that is knee deep. Unfortunately, no matter how prepared we think we are, there is always the possibility of “what if?” Instead of being blissfully ignorant, we should all be prepared and know the steps to take after water damage to prevent any more losses. It is one thing to lose a house, for it can always be rebuilt. It is another to lose a family life to structural damage or mold. Let us all take the necessary precautions.
Should you experience water damage or need mold removal services, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate.