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The Hidden Effects of Water Damage

Mold and moisture buildup on wall of a modern house

Water is one of the sneakiest problems a homeowner can deal with. When you run into a water problem, cleaning up the visible water is only the tip of the iceberg. Water can squeeze into cracks and seep through the walls, and if you don’t catch it, excessive amounts can cause lasting damage!

It’s important to remember that most of the effects of water damage on a home are hidden. This guide will help you understand some of those hidden effects and consider how you can take steps to deal with them.

Mold

One of the most common problems resulting from excessive water in the home is mold. Mold can be tricky to deal with because it can grow in almost any area of the house that is damp. It’s an immediate red flag if you see any, because visible mold is often an indicator of a deeper problem.

Large amounts of mold can drastically decrease the quality of the air in your home. Over time it can lead to respiratory problems that are especially dangerous for children and elderly people. Because the mold is usually hidden, it can take a long time to discover the cause of your decreased air quality. It’s important to regularly inspect dark, hidden areas of your home for mold to catch it before it becomes a problem.

Compromised structural integrity of the home

Water tends to find its way into the most inconvenient and damaging places in the house if left unchecked. The foundation, frame, and wiring of the home are all fair game for water damage, while also being places we tend not to regularly check.

If water manages to seep into the foundation it can create cracks that weaken the overall structure of the home, become a home for mold, and in serious cases cause the structure to begin shifting. Water will also damage the frame of the home, causing wood to soften, rot, and eventually break down completely.

If water reaches any internal electrical systems, it can very quickly cause serious damage. Even a very small leak near the right wiring can cause cabling, outlets, and other systems to fail prematurely. We all know electricity and water don’t mix well, and this can become very dangerous to those in the home. Reaching out to the right experts to take care of it is the best thing you can do.

Decreased value of the home

Perhaps the most long-lasting effect of water damage is a decrease in the home’s value. If water damage is not found and dealt with quickly or thoroughly enough, extensive damage to the frame, foundation, and structure of the house can have high immediate costs that make it difficult to retain the house’s value.

It’s important to reach out to experts in dealing with water damage and mold remediation to regularly inspect your home for any issues. Deferring home maintenance is a short-term solution for your wallet, and that can be enticing. A home, however, is a long-term investment that requires continuous and regular care to retain its value. On top of that, a healthy home means a healthy homeowner. Reach out to Integrity Restoration to schedule an inspection today!

Integrity Restoration & Remodeling, LLC, Fire & Smoke & Water Clean Up, Acworth, GA