The True Consequences Of Water Damage

Updated: Aug 18, 2021



 

Unfortunately, water damage is a very common occurrence in today's times, and plenty of people have been through it. It can be caused by many things, including flooding or plumbing problems. More often than not, people are not sure what to do after they discover their home may have water damage, but it pays to take care of it quickly for the sake of your own safety.


So why is it so important to take care of it as soon as possible?


As important as water is to almost everything, like everything else, it has its downfalls. When you let it sit for an extended period of time, all the bacteria and dangerous materials that could be on your walls or floors are free to spread in your home, causing infections and other problems.



Consequences Of Water Damage


Structural Damage


Damage from water causes structural damage to a home. The water can cause the floorboards of the house to swell, warp or bow, which can lead to the boards breaking and separating from the joist. The windows may leak and rot, causing the wood frames to deteriorate. The walls may also start warping or bowing as a result of water damage which can lead to cracks that expand over time. The high humidity levels caused by the water make it difficult for a basement or crawlspace to dry out. With all these things and more, if left unattended, your home is at risk of collapsing at any moment because the foundation on which it was built becomes severely shaken and weakened, leading to cracks that will continue to expand over time completely compromising its structural integrity.


Electrical Damage


One of the most common types of water damage is electrical damage. Electrical appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and washing machines all contain electrical components that are sensitive to moisture. Continued exposure to moisture can lead to short circuits or other costly repairs.


It is important for you to take care of any wet items in these appliances immediately. They should be removed from the appliance, dried off, and allowed to air-dry for a few days. These appliances may have doors that allow them to open safely so they can be dried out. You also need to check your home for any standing water and eliminate the standing water in order to prevent an increase in humidity levels.


Electricity should be shut off immediately after water damage occurs, otherwise, there is a risk of electrocution and damage to your home and electrical systems. If you have any electrical components or wiring that are wet, they should be removed immediately and disconnected from the main power source.


Mold Damage


Mold is an infestation that thrives in damp, moist areas and feeds on organic matter. One of the most common causes of mold is water damage. When water gets into your home and stays, it can lead to mold. The consequences of water damage are not just limited to areas with visible mold; water can affect your entire home ventilation system and cause long-term health problems for you and your loved ones.


Damage To Belongings


One of the most obvious consequences of water damage is to your belongings. If your items are not destroyed, they will need to be dried and cleaned so that there is no mold or musty odors. Moisture can also destroy the integrity of the item which may cause it to fall apart or become warped.



The True Cost Of Water Damage


Water damage can worsen over time, increasing the cost to fix it. Burst pipes and broken dishwashers need immediate action due to their water source, but even slow leaks will eventually degrade something enough that repairing becomes more expensive than replacing it.


The best way to deal with water damage of any kind is to act quickly- call a professional water cleanup service immediately after the incident. They will be able to assess the level of moisture in your home, help dry everything out, and clean up any water that's left after it evaporates.


We're here to help! Nova Construction provides residential and commercial water damage remediation services in Moses Lake, WA, and surrounding areas. Whether it's the beginning or late stages of damage, we are here for you, & our goal is always to provide high-quality service. If you would like Nova Construction to assist you in your journey, please do not hesitate to reach out. To schedule a consultation give us a call at (509) 361-8697 or fill out our online form and we will reach out soon!