Why Water Damage is Dangerous
When your house or business floods, it is a lot more than just wet and
unpleasant. Water damage can also pose a variety of health and structural
risks that you don’t want to play around with. If not dealt with quickly,
water damage can cause:
1. Mold Growth
Mold growth is one of the most common consequences of flooding in your
home or business. With increased moisture levels, mold and mildew are
likely to grow and grow quickly. In fact, mold can start growing as soon
as 24-48 hours after the water damage has been done. Not only is this bad
for your property structurally, but mold poses a tremendous health risk.
Mold can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, nausea, and
2. Structural Damage
Water can weaken and erode even the hardest of surfaces over time.
Flooring soaks up water, wood that supports walls and floors can soften
and weaken and drywall can become brittle or warp. This type of damage not
only compromises the structure as a whole, but cutting out and replacing
these elements starts driving the repair costs even higher.
3. Permanent Staining
When water damage is not thoroughly cleaned up immediately, it can leave
permanent stains on walls, floors, and ceilings. There are some stains
that even the best paint can’t cover up making these stains permanent. Not
only are they an eyesore when you’re back in the building, but they’ll
also drive your property value down.
4. Electrical Damage
One of the first things you should do when your property experiences water
damage is shut the power off. Doing this will eliminate the risk of
electrocution. When water comes in contact with outlets, wiring, or
electrical boxes, your entire electrical system can become unsafe.
Inspection of all electrical elements should be done as soon as possible
before turning the power back on.