12
Mar

Risks Associated with Water Damage

Water is a source of life, but also a destructive force. We all associate water leaks with floor damage and some extra household chores, but these are the least of our problems. Flood won’t only damage the floor but also question the stability of the structure. Stagnant and filthy water will put one’s health in danger.

It all starts with a damaged roof or broken water pipes. Floods are not only caused by overflowing tubs and leaking appliances. Rainwater also finds its way through the tiniest cracks at the ruined roof or poorly caulked window. And the worst part is that water travels fast and in all directions. The problem might be centered on the bedroom roof, but the room flooded might be the basement. Although there are water damage restoration solutions, the wise thing to do is to prevent leaks and thus damage. Let’s find out why.

Safety risks due to structure instability

One of the greater risks with water damage is with the stability of the structure. When water makes a journey through shingles, roofs and walls, it saturates the materials. Wood gets rotten. All materials lose their strengths and the ceiling might collapse. If you don’t discover the problem and restore damage in due time, most likely the insulation materials under the roof will be contaminated with mildew. And mold spores multiply fast if found in the perfect environment. Soon you might discover that the walls and floors are also contaminated with mold. And when mildew expands in the whole house, chances are that you won’t only need drywall repair but also floor replacement.

Floods and mildew can damage most parts of the structure and your furniture and you will be burdened with the expense of their replacement. Although nobody likes such hassles or can afford the expense, the greatest problem in such cases is your safety. If the structure is rotten, it won’t be stable and might not withstand fierce winds and storms.

Water damage can make you sick

Although most of us don’t often associate water damage with health problems, this is not a rare phenomenon. Let us elaborate. Not all floods start with rainwater leaking through the roof. They might also be the result of backup sewage or broken toilets. According to the Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration issued by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are three water categories building up damage.

Category one involves clear water leaking from water supply lines and pipes, rainwater or damaged appliance lines. This water is not a threat to human health.

Category two involves grey water overflowing from appliances, sinks or tubs. This type of waste water might be slightly contaminated and can cause illness if consumed but is not a direct threat.

Category three involves black water, which is highly contaminated because it contains fecal matter. This is water overflowing from toilets or sewage. It might also be water from overflowing rivers finding its way to the house. Lastly, it might be stagnant water.
In the case of the third category, chances are that you will get sick. Stagnant water gets contaminated from bacteria growth. It goes without saying that toilet water is highly contaminated. But also mold spores expanding in the house are also a great risk to your health.

Plan home remodeling? Focus on technical tasks

The best way to avoid such problems is prevention with regular roofing inspection and structure repairs whether there is a need to fix the siding or caulk the windows. If you plan home renovation, focus on the technical parts to make sure the house is properly sealed. But even if there are water leaks in your house, it’s best to take care of damage as soon as possible and never forget the importance of effective mold removal too. Water can become your number one enemy. So keep it out by taking the right precautions.