All it takes is a broken pipe, a leaky roof or poorly caulked windows, … to name a few! Water has the uncanny potential to travel fast and penetrate our homes right underneath our very noses!
In a creepy sort of way, once it has its ‘mind made up’, it displays the utmost patience and laser focus as it accomplishes the task for which it first set out, meticulously maneuvering the tiniest ‘cracks in the wall’ that we may not even realize exist! What aggravates the situation, is that water has the relentless capacity to commence its arduous journey from a bathroom located on the 3rd floor of your home and ultimately end up in the basement! Another disheartening fact about water damage is that it is unbiased, therefore the source of the water, which may not always be clean is usually the least of its worries.
Take water resulting from sewage backups for example……
- Such water has the potential to contain enough bacteria and other potentially hazardous organisms to make us very, very, very sick!
To add insult to injury, sources of the water that tend to cause damage, are not the only dangers that we need to be concerned about. Let’s take a look shall we? …..
Time is Money!
Water has the potential to cause damage in both obvious and in-obvious ways. The ‘pseudo-advantage’ of the ‘obvious’ modes of intrusion is that because they are easily apparent, they can be dealt with almost immediately, thereby preventing unnecessarily exorbitant costs relative to restoration efforts. On the flip side, when water is introduced via one of the ‘in-obvious ways’, it has the tendency to inconspicuously linger within your home, and ultimately metamorphose into secondary water damage, which needless to say, can be extremely expensive’!
Naturally, when water pipes or tanks burst, sinks overflow, toilets break and appliances malfunction, thereby transferring water to unwanted locations within your home, it typically doesn’t take you or someone in your household very long to notice the damage, thereby allowing you to act promptly.
The ‘Not so obvious’:
However, when water intrusion problems stem from the ‘not-so-obvious’ poorly sealed doors and windows, leaky roofs and commonly neglected clogged gutters, you may not realize that you have ‘an intruder’ in your home until it is too late, and mold has been ‘invited to the party’!
And it all came tumbling down!
Although not talked about very much, home foundations can be extremely vulnerable to water intrusion and damage. Water that makes its way through a broken shingle or clogged gutter has the potential to rot any material that lies in its wake, soak the soffits and even saturate the foundations. As a result of ‘the drenching’, subsequent potential dangers include:
- Ceiling destruction:
- A drenched wooden ceiling may start to rot and ultimately collapse!
- Mold Infestations:
- The materials above the ceiling that at typically utilized for insulation, have the potential to become contaminated with mold and mildew, thereby ultimately distributing relative spores throughout your home. Who knows, the spores may even hitch an occasional ride via the air supply duct system of your home, ultimately compromising the indoor air quality of your home.
- Unstable foundations:
- It is no rocket science that water-logged home foundations no longer possess the strength and formidability as originally intended to withstand natural disasters or even freak storms
Health risks related to water damage
A clean bill of health is priceless, period! Since water damage has the tendency to sabotage that, it is imperative that you are vigilant about the following and when and where applicable, act immediately and accordingly to rectify the situation.
- Water logged drywall
- Stationary water (indoors or outdoors)
- Damp carpets
- Improperly ventilated rooms
- Malfunctioning toilets;
- ….to name a few!
As we mentioned in one of our previous blogs titled “Signs of Hidden Water Intrusion”, be vigilant about unique odors and unusual spots and stains in your home. Be extra vigilant if any of the members of your household are potentially susceptible to illness. Infants, the elderly and those with respiratory problems and weakened immune systems are especially at risk.
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