From time to time, we find ourselves in situations with clients who have water damage that has been lingering an extensive amount of time but it has been left completely untreated because it was assumed that it was not a big deal. A very common misconception that many homeowners and business owners have is water will simply just dry up. We’re here to tell you that any volume of water left untreated can lead to or cause extreme damage to your home or business.
Here’s what happens when you leave water damage untreated:
Your Property Value Decreases
If your home has any sign of water damage, it will reveal itself to any appraiser even if you try and paint over to cover the stain. Also, when water is left untreated, an offputting smell can arise which will immediately turn buyers away.
Structural damage occurs depending on how much water is surrounding the affected area. The drywall can begin to deteriorate and the subfloor can easily warp or even split. You will end up having to replace and restore the affected areas.
Mold is the last thing that you want living in your home or business. Any presence of water can cause mold growth and it can grow as quickly as 48 hours. Once the mold is present in the home, it can be very difficult and costly to treat and remove. Also, if left untreated the mold can spread and be dangerous to your health and can lead to respiratory complications.
If electrical systems are damaged the wiring, outlets, and electric boxes become unsafe to use until a professional has inspected the system. Electrical damage can occur to your kitchen appliances, washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, furnaces, and electrical outlets.
If your home is exposed to floodwaters, harmful bacteria and other microbes will enter your home. If not treated correctly, toxins will linger on your affected furniture long after the water has dried. The bacteria and other microbes can cause respiratory issues among other health issues.
Lost Personal Items
If you do not use a professional water extraction and restoration service when the water damage first occurs, the water will completely destroy all of your personal items including, photographs, books, electronics, personal documents, among other items. However, if you act on the water damage, we can help save and restore your personal items.
Inviting Bugs into Your Home
Bugs love moisture and water damage creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos, beetles, fleas, ticks, spiders, and more. The hatching eggs and dying bugs will attract more bugs to the area as well as spread bacteria.
Water damage can be detrimental to your home, health, and wallet. Do not hesitate at the sight of water and call us to prevent these issues.