Nobody ever expects it. It comes, it devastates, and with a little help from a team of professionals, it leaves. Water damage doesn’t happen just in the wake of a hurricane. There are all sorts of causes of water damage, and each creates a massive risk for residents. Whether you’re impacted by a storm or the victim of a flooding from a faulty appliance, read on to understand the risks you’re facing and how to combat them.
Most of the power that water has is due to its subtlety. Sometimes, we don’t even notice a flood until it’s too late. This happens often in basements that aren’t accessed regularly, and happens with slow leaks that begin when the residents are away at work and/or school all day.
When water is able to sit still in a home, it causes massive destruction. The key to preventing water from ruining your home is to act quickly. As soon as you notice that your home has flooded or has significant water damage, you need to call a professional to come in and remove the water, dry the home, and do necessary repairs to make the home livable again. Otherwise, you run the risk of injury, illness, or worse.
Water damage does two major things: it weakens structures and it provides an ideal breeding ground for mold. When structures, such as the roof or foundation, are weakened, they don’t support the home as they should and they become unpredictable. This can result in roof collapse, floor collapse, and much more. It’s not safe to stay in a home during this time because you cannot possibly predict or protect yourself and your family from such an event.
Mold is another concern. When the air is humid, which it is when a home is flooded, mold has a perfect opportunity to grow and breed. Mold is poisonous to humans and makes the air quality in the home dangerous and unsafe to breath. Not only does mold make humans sick, but it can also cause long-term health issues that can seriously hinder somebody’s quality of life.
Trying to address or repair water damage yourself runs its own risks, as well. Aside from mold or crumbling foundations, roofs, and supports, trying to address flooding without the help of a professional increases the likelihood of the problem not going away. It’s extremely difficult to fully eradicate the moisture from carpets, floors, and subsurfaces without having the proper equipment. Failure to fully remove the moisture will just result in continued weakening, mold growing, and perpetuates the problems.