When you have water damage in your home, the immediate concern is 1) stopping the flow or water, 2) keeping your family safe and 3) protecting your possessions. However, water damage can cause long term damage and extensive restoration costs, even after you remove the surface moisture. Many areas of your home can suffer from long term exposure to water; materials degrade from dampness, humidity and debris.
Water can be catastrophic for your electrical system. Left unattended, moisture can cause electrical shorts and damage to your circuits. Not only is this expensive, but also a dangerous opportunity for a house fire.
Not repairing water damaged ceilings or drywall at the first sign can lead to a larger area of damage, wall paint discoloration, or plaster bulging. The water can also damage mounted lights and ceiling fans. More than just creating unsightly stains, the water can damage the underlying materials.
Water weakens wooden floors and walls. Wood acts like a sponge so water damage to hardwood floors can lead to warping and buckling. Wood floors may become unsalvageable. Wait too long and the structure of your house can become compromised. Dripping water can even lead to holes in your concrete and affect the foundation and make your home structurally unsound.
When drywall starts to absorb water from a leaky pipe or other forms of water damage, it begins to warp and swell. Materials such as support beams can affect the integrity of the home. However, even the simplest warping can lead to an unsightly hole in the wall, which if combined with a mold outbreak can quickly turn things from simply ugly to unlivable.
Although plumbing is designed to flow for years, standard household plumbing is only intended to interact with regular tap water. Rusty, damaged pipes or flood water could have chemicals, minerals, or other contaminants in it that can react with the pipes in your floors and walls. Over time, this can cause leaks, furthering the original water damage problem.
One of the biggest consequences of water damage for your health is the growth of molds and fungi within the home. In the presence of water, mold spores fill the affected area with ugly and unhealthy mold growth. And it happens quickly; mold can start within 24-48 hours of water damage.
Standing water attracts bugs, bacteria, and fungus. Many insects look for still water to lay their eggs, spreading bacteria, and disease. The evaporating water makes the air very humid, which helps spread mold and mildew. The odor then attracts more insects, adding to the unhealthy cycle.
Water damage lowers the value of your home. If you try to patch and paint over a problem, eventually a home inspector will find and document water damage. If not properly addressed, potential buyers will counter offer less money AND still expect you to fix it. Taking care of water leaks right away will prevent damage and help to maintain the value of your home.
For emergency service and water damage restoration in Dupage County, contact local teams like those at AdvantaClean. They will dispatch an experienced team with the knowledge, tools and desire to stop water damage and restore your home. When you call AdvantaClean of Dupage County, you can rely on our team of certified professionals to be there for you and to take care of your property whenever water damage arises. We’ll work quickly to clean up, repair, and restore your home or business back to normal. All you need to do is give them a call.
Their professional, certified, and experienced team know that water damage and restoration problems are unexpected events, and that it can be stressful to know what to do and who to call. They will make sure you know and understand what’s happening with your property from start to finish.They’ll also work directly with your insurance company on covered losses to streamline the entire process.