Stay healthy and safe: The dangers of water damage in the home
Water damage can cause serious harm to you and your loved one's home. SERVPRO can tell you how to detect this before any irreparable damage is done! Read more here.
Sometimes disaster strikes when we least expect it, no matter how much we try to avoid it. Water damage can be a tragedy waiting to happen because of the disastrous effects on your home and the costs involved! People can live with water damage for an extended period of time and be completely unaware of the danger lurking in their homes. Without professional help, water damage can spread and cause further damage to you and your family's home. We help you to understand the dangers of water damage and the risks it poses.
- The Dangers of Water Damage in the Home. Why is it Harmful?
The water damage repair cost is not the only thing to worry about when you have water damage. Your safety are of the biggest concerns, as well as those of your loved ones around you. The most serious consequences of water damage in the home include:
- Mold and Fungi
The biggest consequences of water is the growth of mold and fungi in the home. Mold and fungi are organisms that produce spores that pollute the air. The spores’ growth is triggered when it is in contact with water. Mold spores spread and fill the affected area with unhealthy mold growth, which will eventually begin to pollute the air. Looking out for water damage in your home is therefore very important, as the Damage can spread to all corners of your home very quickly.
- Structural Damage
Drywall and other materials around the home can begin to warp and swell when it absorbs water. This can cause structural damage if it is left untreated for a long period of time. The result can be holes in walls and damage to support beams. This can be particularly dangerous if you live in an apartment that has more than one floor or a balcony. Children and the elderly who rely on the support from railings and beams are the ones who will be the most at risk. Take care of your family and those around you by detecting and treating potential water damage before it leads to a situation that can cause harm or loss to property, or worse, people.
- Black Water Hazards
Floodwater often contains contaminants such as bacteria and viruses that are picked up from sewage overflows or natural bodies of water. This is called black water when flood water contains these harmful materials. Black water contaminants can cause illness and infection if they are not properly cleaned up and, therefore, need to be handled by professionals for effective removal. They will safely remove the black water, dry, and clean the building so that it is safe again.
- What are the Signs of Water Damage in the Home?
Detecting a water leak in your home is important to the long-term safety of your family. Water leaks can remain hidden for a long time, and often causes more damage as a result of this. First, start by inspecting every area of your home for damage. If you do not have time for this, the professionals can help. They will usually provide a detailed inspection of your home or property, including a damage assessment. The sooner you locate the damage, if any, the sooner you can begin treating the area before the damage spreads to your home. Specific areas you should be looking out for include:
- Buckling floors which usually indicate damage.
- Pay attention to odors as a musty smell in the air could indicate that there is damage somewhere.
- You should be aware of water stains around windows and doors. These are areas where, when wet, could indicate that water has penetrated.
- Take note of any drywall that seems soft or swollen, as this could also indicate damage. If there is a bulge or change in the ceiling or walls, this could point to water accumulation.
- Pay attention to the color of walls: off-white or yellow stains on walls indicate potential damage.
- Do a full inspection if your home has recently endured bad weather such as rainstorms or icy weather conditions.
- Check other areas vulnerable to pipe leaks which can include the sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, the bathtub, shower, and toilet.
- Home Water Damage Restoration
The effects of even a small water leak on your home can have a chain effect and be disastrous. It is important to take proactive measures to contain the problem and provide long-term solutions. A leak is a problem that is best left to a professional as treating it on your own can be risky and potentially cause even more problems on the long-run. Professionals are able to detect the category and classification of water damage to ensure that the restoration of your property is based on industry guidelines. Without proper treatment and removal, water damage and the contaminants from water can cause infection and disease, along with costly and possibly permanent damage to your home. Professionals will make sure water and materials are removed safely to protect your property and your health.
SERVPRO for Your Water Damage Repair Needs
Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours! And, neither do we! SERVPRO, water damage repair professionals in Oakmont, arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your Santa Rosa home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.
For more information on our services for repairing water damage, contact us today!