Water damage can happen when you least expect it. It could be because the snow melted too fast, a pipe burst, or even too much rain. When water damage is not attended to swiftly, there can be some far reaching consequences in store for you. Today, we discuss the major effects of water damage to your home, your belongings, and your health.
Effects on Your Home
When water damage occurs in a home, it’s important to assess the area to see if it’s safe enough to start cleanup. Water can do pretty extensive structural damage to establishments. It can warp entrances and windows. It can shift door frames and can crack wooden structures in a home. One of the more major effects that water damage has to a home is damage to the electrical system and the insulation.
Water damage may also damage your roof’s structural integrity. If you see any sagging ridges upon your roof, this is indicative of damage to the frame support.
If you’ve ever had water damage in your home and some doors and windows are a bit tougher to open than before, don’t ignore it. These are some symptoms that there may be more significant damage to your home.
Effects on Your Belongings
Once your home has been subject to water damage, it’s best to prepare yourself. If the damage is extensive, it is ultimately better to toss affected furniture and furnishings. Effects on antiques can often be irreparable or be quite costly. When antiques are hit with water damage, they need to be dried out slowly. Drying them slowly ensures that there will be little risk for uneven shrinkage. Uneven shrinkage often leads to cracking, warping, and splitting of the material.
When electronics have been hit by water, damage can be quite significant. You’ll have the risk of electrocution should you use it and it wasn’t dried out properly. When it comes to electronics, it’s important to have those pieces sent out to electricians. They’ll be able to give you a clear picture of which ones can still be saved and which ones need to be let go of.
Water damage has some serious effects on porous material like mattresses and pillows. When water damage seeps in pretty deep, there is the danger of mold growing. Mattresses and pillows can be quite difficult to clean and disinfect. Should these be submerged in water for more than 24 hours, it is best to discard them.
Effects on Your Health
When water damage occurs, a plethora of health hazards can follow. Mold thrive in moist environments. Some strains take only two days to fully grow and start to spread. Depending on the type of water than invaded your home, the risk for certain water born diseases can be higher. As foreign material may also be carried into your home during a flood, the risk for tetanus may also be high.
Pests often dwell in dirty water. Water is one of the most effective carriers or bacteria and diseases. Should you have a family member who is susceptible to asthma, a water damaged environment may have various detrimental effects on them.
Should your home take in water damage, don’t give its effects time to dig its claws into your home, belongings and health. Call in professionals to expertly assess the damage to your property. They’ll also be able to fully inform you of the other effects of water damage and what they can do to help you.