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Untreated Water Damage: The Top 4 Risks You Must Know About


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The Danger of Untreated Water Damage

Out of sight, out of mind. It is such a perfect quote when you are faced with a lot of deadlines at work. However, when it comes to water damage, this is an unfavorable principle, in fact, detrimental. Most homeowners think that once the water is gone or it has dried out on its own, it is no longer a threat. But, that is actually wrong. Untreated water damage in homes, while it can be hidden, will eventually surface its effects in different forms. 

Water damage, whether caused by a water leak or a flood, can result in numerous issues and may lead to further damage if not addressed promptly.

Long-term exposure of your home to water damage can lead to significant risks, both to your property and your health. Building materials may suffer extensive damage, burst pipes can cause water to seep into your home, leading to mold growth, which can be harmful to your health.

Untreated Water Damage Can Cause Structural Damage

Weaken Wood Floors and Walls

Wood materials are absorbent in nature. They are very porous and can act like a sponge. For instance, a leak occurred and it has reached the bottom of your wood wall. If not treated immediately, that water will find its way up until it has reached the entire length of that wall. This will weaken and soften the wood materials that support your walls and floors, and if left untreated can compromise the structural integrity of your home. 

Damage Drywall

While drywall is durable, it can also become damaged when they are exposed to water. Untreated water damage to your drywall can cause it to warp and become brittle, which may lead to costly replacement. 

Damage Concrete and Bricks

When water enters the concrete or bricks, it can cause the surface to peel off or pull out and can even cause erosion. This is especially critical during winter. When excess water or moisture penetrates inside these materials, they will expand as it freezes. This can leave your foundation structurally unsound. 

Corrode Pipes and Plumbing

It may sound absurd since pipes are designed to work with water. However, you should know that household plumbing is only applicable to work with clean tap water. Flood water contains minerals, chemicals, and other contaminants that can cause corrosion to your pipes. When your pipes are corroded, over time, they will develop leaks which can lead to more serious water damage.

Compromise Electrical System

Countless times you may have heard that water can ruin your electrical system. When water comes in contact with your wiring, fuses, and other components of the electrical system, it can compromise their integrity and put you and your family in danger. Neglecting water damage can cause even more harm to your appliances, devices, and electrical system in your home or business.

Untreated Water Damage Can Pose Health Risks

Aside from all those structural damages to your property, leaving water damage untreated can also pose some health risks. Untreated water damage can be a perfect breeding ground for mold growth. What is even worse about it is you may not be able to see what is causing health issues in your home. Exposure to mold may cause allergy symptoms. Health risks might be more serious, especially for those who have underlying health problems.

Also, chemicals and toxins that are present in floodwater can cause serious health hazards. If not treated, these toxins can develop harmful bacteria and can stay on your property, causing health problems. 

Contact Water Damage Restoration Professionals

If your home suffers from water damage, don’t wait long to have it repaired. Water damage is not only detrimental to your health and property but also to your wallet. The longer water is left untreated in your home, the more damage it can create. Not acknowledging the problem immediately can lead to a more costly restoration. 

If you suspect your home suffers from water damage, contact Superior Restoration immediately. We are a certified restoration company, with a team of expert professionals, ready to restore your home back to its safe and healthy environment. Contact our local office, Superior Restoration, today!