As a homeowner, I know that one thing I worry about is water damage. There are so many health effects associated to water damage. A simple leak can cause serious issues for your family.
CAUSES OF WATER DAMAGE
Causes of water damage range from clogged toilets, leaky dishwashers or faucets, broken pipes or hoses, leaky roofs or plumbing, and foundation cracks. Inclement weather that brings with it heavy rains or snowfall are usually a precursor to basement flooding. When water enters your home, it can quickly damage your flooring, furniture, electronics, household appliances and more.
Bathrooms are known to be the leading places to find water damage as it is the main room in the house that the most water flows through. Always check under your sinks, around the toilets, on the ceiling, and in the shower for mold growth.
As soon as you see water damage, it is imperative that you begin the cleaning process. The longer the water sits, the more damage it could eventually cause and the higher the risk of mold growth, which is extremely expensive to remediate.
WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE
It doesn’t take long before water begins to damage your home. Within minutes of impact, water will swell paper goods and start to discolor furniture. Wait a few hours and if the water reaches drywall, the drywall will start to soak up the water. Musty odors may start to be noticeable. If not taken care of within days, the clear water may turn into grey water and indoor air quality becomes compromised. Everything happens rather quickly, as does the importance of proper action to stop the water damage!
HOW WATER DAMAGE COULD AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms that can lead to health problems down the road. Allergies and asthma can be aggravated, and there is an increased risk of respiratory illnesses. If water gets into your home and has a chance to settle, mold may develop. That is the time that the homeowner needs to call in specialists to remediate – remove all portions of the home (whether it is drywall or flooring, etc.) to rid it of the mold.
Water damage cannot only ruin your furniture, walls and personal belongings in your home; it can affect your health. It is extremely important to call in professionals to ensure a safe home. My best practice is to search for a professional online by typing what I am looking for, along with my location. For example, if I lived in Toronto, I would type “water damage Toronto” and a list of companies would appear. Take care to protect your home and your health!
Have you experienced water damage? What did you do to protect yourself and your home?