Water damage should never be taken lightly. It can inflict significant damage on your home and cause major problems for your health. From our water damage restoration technicians at Rumsey in Augusta, here are 5 ways that water damage can do this.
Water can gradually eat away at the structural integrity of your home. Materials like drywall and insulation are particularly vulnerable to water and even a small amount of exposure may ruin them for good. More concerning, however, is when water damages the structure of your home putting you at risk of parts of your home unexpectedly collapsing. This typically only happens in cases of extreme water damage, but you should have your home professionally inspected for such damage if there is any chance this could have happened to your home.
Flood water contains elements that can break down pipes, which are made to come in contact with only tap water. Corroded pipes affect the quality of drinking water in a home. Not only does the water begin to have a strong metallic taste that’s difficult to digest. Copper pipes are known to contaminate the water once they begin corroding. The consumption of such water results in vomiting, headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. If your family members have been getting ill, your pipes might be to blame.
Mold is the most common hazard after a flood. It only takes about 24-48 hours for mold to begin growing after a flood. It doesn’t take much longer after that for the mold to begin spreading and releasing toxic spores throughout your home. Extended exposure to mold spores can cause a host of health problems like asthma, bronchitis, irritated skin, irritated eyes, and many others. It is essential that you have the water removed from your home as soon as possible after a flood to limit the amount of mold that is able to grow.
Depending on the source of the water, chemicals and toxins can be present and create serious health threats. If water came from a flood or from a burst pipe, it contains dirt and toxins and can easily develop harmful bacteria. The worst type of contaminated water is water contaminated by sewage or fecal matter. Floods of this nature should only be handled by a professional cleaning and restoration company with the proper experience and equipment to safely handle such a disaster.
Last of all, bug infestations are a common side effect of water damage. While many bugs like ants and flies are just gross and not necessarily dangerous. Many other types of bugs can harm your health and your home. These include wasps, mosquitoes, termites, and more.