The best way to prevent water damage is to avoid getting any water in your house. However, this isn’t always feasible. Pipes burst, roofs leak, sinks overflow, and drains clog, when these things occur (and they likely will at some point) you need to act quickly to ensure that moisture doesn’t permeate your wood, your drywall, and other items or areas within the home.
If you suspect a small spill or a big splash has contributed to potential water damage taking place inside your house, call the experts at Delta Restoration Services to help you minimize the effects.
Different Types of Water Damage
Any amount of water can cause serious damage no matter where it ends up in the house. But there are multiple types of damage that could occur and the results might be anything from physically unappealing to structurally hazardous to downright dangerous to the health of you and your family.
So how bad can water damage be for your home? Let’s examine the many different ways it can have a negative impact on your house and the things inside of it.
The Growth of Mold and Mildew
Two of the most common results of moisture in the home are the growth of mold and mildew. These can both have a detrimental impact on your family’s health and wellbeing. Mold is especially harmful as the spores that can become released and go airborne are likely to be inhaled into the lungs, causing allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses.
Allowing mold and mildew to develop without having it cleaned up in a timely fashion can only exacerbate the issue. You can typically find the worst of the water damage under carpets and the padding beneath it. But don’t forget to check your attic or any other areas where you might come across water leaking into the home from outside during a storm.
Your Personal Belongings
Water won’t just damage your home; it can also do a real number on the things you have inside of it. This goes for your furniture, your appliances, bookcases, lights, anything that might rest on the floor and be prone to soaking should water get in.
If you have water streaming or cascading in from someplace, that water is going to spread out and get into and under any furnishings that may be touching or standing on the floor. Wooden furniture can start to warp and swell, electrical appliances can short out or pose a danger to anyone living in the home.
When the water gets in, you need to get it out as fast as you can.
Hardwood flooring can become ruined as quickly as your belongings. Drywall can get warped and weak. Discoloration spots can emerge. All of these can prove quite damaging to your home. That’s why you want to absorb the excess moisture from a spill or accident fast. Don’t delay, get to the mess the second you see it or plug up the leak as soon as you find it.