Many home and business owners simply think the water that intruded their dwelling will simply dry up and go away. This is total misconception. Any amount of water, no how small can lead to extreme water damage if left untreated.
These are some of the scenarios where leaving water damage untreated can cause your home or business some real harm.
Mold – can start to grow in as little as 24 hours and is the last thing you want in your home or business. Once mold has established itself, it is extremely hard to remove and treat to keep it from returning. When mold goes untreated, it can cause severe respiratory complications.
Health hazards – floodwater can expose your home or business to harmful bacteria and other microbes. If left untreated, the toxins will attach themselves to your furniture and other belongings and will remain even after the water dries. These microbes and bacteria can cause respiratory distress and other health concerns.
Structural damage – can occur if there is water surrounding the affected area. Subfloors can split or warp and drywall can deteriorate. These damages must be replaced and the affected area restored.
Electrical systems – including outlets, electrical boxes and damaged wiring can become unsafe to use until a professional electrician does a safety inspection. Washing machines, dryers, kitchen appliances, furnaces, hot water tanks and electrical outlets can also sustain damage.
Personal items – including electronics, photographs, books, personal documents among other items can be destroyed by water damage. If you hire a professional restoration service when the damage first occurs, they can help restore and save your personal items.
Bugs – love moisture and will take up residence in your home. Moisture, especially standing water is the perfect breeding ground for spiders, ticks, fleas, beetles and mosquitos. More bugs will come to the area as eggs hatch and other bugs die off.
Property Value – decreases if there are signs of water damage. Appraisers can spot stains, even if you try to cover them. Unattended water damage will also create smells, and if mold growth is present, that odor is unmistakable and will send potential buyers away.
Water damage can affect your health, home and wallet. At the first sign of water damage, call Restoration 1 of Evansville to start the restoration process.