Understanding Water Damage in your Home or Office

Water damage can be devastating to your home. Even one inch of water can cause damage to property. It’s never a good idea to hope that the problem will go away on its own. Water damage can occur from plumbing problems, natural disaster flooding, even overflowing the bathtub! Homeowners and businesses need to be cautious.

What is Water Damage?

It’s important to be prepared if you live in a state that experiences severe weather. Flash floods can easily reach 10-20 feet high  by the time they reach your home. Hurricanes can also cause an extensive (and expensive) amount of damage. According to news reports, the flooding resulting from Hurricane Matthew had caused $1.5 billion in damages to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings.

Water soaks into the foundations of a house. It can dampen walls and floors, weaken the structural beams that hold the house together, and become an ideal environment for mold and mildew growth. Carpets will become soggy and drenched from water damage. During a natural disaster, the water can stay at high levels for several days. Water can cause more and more permanent damage the longer it remains.

Even minor water damage can cause problems. Damp spots throughout the home can cause unappealing odors. The growth of mold and mildew can agitate health problems. It can worsen Allergies or asthma, or cause respiratory illness. Water spots on prized positions can also be undesirable.

The damage can also be worse than it first appears. Water can permeate much deeper into the walls and floorboards than what one might see. Damp surfaces could mean a deluge of water within the walls. A dampened carpet could be a sign of crawl space flooding. Wetness can mean that water damage is present, as well. This is why it is important to call water damage remediation experts. As soon as you have identified the existence of water damage within the home or office, you should call!