The Long-term Impact of Water Damage

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There is a time and a place for water in your home. It’s either in the bathtub or the sink when you’re washing up. Large amounts of water have no place on your floors or soaking into your carpet. Unfortunately, we’re no stranger to excess water lying about. Whether from a recent thunderstorm or because of an impending hurricane, water damage is a fact of life. When you’re standing in water, let a local restoration company help. Their services can help alleviate the long-term impact of water damage.
Long-term Impact of Water Damage
The long-term effects of water damage can be broken down into three categories: mold, cosmetic issues, and structural damage. Let’s dive into all three and better explore how mold can negatively affect your home.
Cosmetic IssuesMost often, the negative effects of mold are instantly recognizable. It’s more than likely that you’ll spot mold, but we’ll go over fungi in greater depth later. The long-term water damage that will affect your home cosmetically typically stems from flooding, when the water levels rise a few feet inside of your home. At this point, you’re looking at degrading drywall, deteriorating wallpaper, discoloration, ruined carpet, soaked furniture, and soggy floorboards.
Structural ProblemsWhile cosmetic issues around the home could be considered structural problems, we’re more interested in the underlying damage that can ruin a home from within. We’re talking about structural integrity concerns. Oftentimes, water damage warps floorboards, which is where you’ll notice is the obvious signs almost immediately. As the floorboards warp and separate, they become dangerous to step on. Unfortunately, wood flooring is often expensive to replace. If you can, it’s smart to do everything in your power to mitigate the damage.
Mold GrowthPerhaps the most common result of extensive water damage in the home is mold growth. A mold infestation is the unfortunate result of mishandled water damage, waiting too long to schedule service, or from contaminated water, such as from flooding or sewage. Often, mold leads to foul odors throughout the house, but it can also directly and negatively affect your health. Most forms of mold can lead to respiratory illnesses, allergies, irritation, and worse in the most extreme cases. Professional mold remediation, while completely necessary for the situation, is often an extensive process.
How Restoration Experts Can Help
Your first step when dealing with extensive water damage should be to call a local restoration company. These IICRC-certified technicians come fully equipped with advanced restoration tools and years of on-the-job training to tackle water and mold damage. Their proven methods are able to reverse the water damage to your property, eliminate contamination, and leave your home safe and secure for your family.
The sooner you call Restoration 1 of Charleston, the better.