What Can Happen if I Leave Water Damage Untreated?

May 1, 2019 | Blog

Leaky pipes, dripping ceilings, and floods, Oh My!  Whether big or small, the truth is, with water damage even small problems can lead to major issues.  No amount of water damage is safe to ignore.  Even a simple water leak can wreak havoc on your home and health if not taken care of properly.  Acting quickly in any water damage situation is key to limiting property damage and protecting yourself from dangerous health issues that can result from neglect.  Here we outline some of the risks of leaving water damage untreated.

Mold

  • Mold is the last thing you want in your home.  After flooding, it takes as little as 24 hours for mold to begin growing.  It can affect everything from personal items to the structural integrity of your home.  And the dangers don’t stop there.  Mold can be even more toxic to your health, causing respiratory problems including infections and difficulty breathing.
  • Although you may not see it for 1-2 weeks, once mold grows, it can be difficult and expensive to take care of.  If wet areas are not dried completely, they are a breeding ground for mold and fungi to grow and flourish.

Structural Damage

  • Water can absorb quickly and easily into many parts of a house.  Wet drywall can warp, swell, or even start deteriorating, and may need to be torn out and replaced.  Support beams and other structures made from wood can become soft and weak threatening a home’s structural integrity.
  • Pipes can become corroded and break down from elements found in flood water.
  • Damaged electrical systems are unsafe and wiring, outlets, and electrical boxes may need to be inspected by a professional.
  • Even concrete and brick can start to erode if not properly sealed, compromising a structure.

Bacteria & Viruses

  • When flooding occurs, water can carry with it chemicals, toxins, and bacteria that can be harmful.  Water and warm surfaces can cause bacteria to grow and flourish.  This can become a serious health issue if not addressed immediately.
  • Sanitization is always necessary in water cleanup and restoration.

Bugs

  • Pests can become a problem when there is moisture.  Bugs seek out wet areas to lay their eggs.  Hatching eggs and dying bugs can spread bacteria or bring in more bugs.  Cracks and holes from water damage can also attract bugs, as they are perfect breeding grounds for roaches, mosquitos, and more.

Odor & Stains

  • It only takes a short time for surfaces to become musty and smelly after water exposure.  Carpets are the greatest culprit and can begin to smell quickly.
  • Water stains on floors, walls, and ceilings will set in and become permanent if not cleaned and dried immediately.  These stains are sometimes resistant to paint and can decrease the overall value of your home.

It’s clear that water damage can be devastating to your home, your health, and your wallet.  Acting quickly may be the best chance you have for recovery.  Take action and to get the problem fixed immediately.  Waiting could mean more damage over time and more safety risks for you and your family.

 

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Additional Resources & References

https://www.theplumbingco.net/water-leak-consequences-on-home-and-health/

https://rainbowintl.com/blog/the-worst-effects-of-water-damage

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