7 Consequences of Untreated Water Damage

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The Realities of Untreated Water Damage

Occasionally, we encounter clients who have had water damage for an extended period of time but believe it isn’t a big deal. Some homeowners and business owners may think the water will just dry up on its own. However, this is wishful thinking, as moisture in any amount can cause extreme damage to your property.

7 Consequences of Untreated Water Damage

 Here’s what happens when you leave water damage untreated: 

1. Reduction in Property Value

Anytime your property is damaged, the value decreases. Not only does this impact your long-term investment, you’ll also find yourself shelling out to repair the damages.

2. Structural Damage

Structural damage occurs depending on how much water is surrounding the affected area, Drywall may deteriorate and the subfloor can warp or split.

3. Mold Growth

Water can cause mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Once present in the home, it can be very difficult and costly to treat and remove. Mold can spread and become dangerous by causing respiratory complications.

4. Electrical Damage

Damage to wiring, outlets, and electric boxes render these unsafe to use until professionally fixed. Electrical damage can affect your kitchen appliances, washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, furnaces, and electrical outlets.

5. Health Complications

Harmful bacteria and other microbes from flooding can linger on your affected furniture long after the water has dried. The bacteria and other microbes can cause respiratory issues among other health complications.

6. Lost Personal Items 

Without professional water extraction and restoration services, the water will completely destroy all of your personal items including, priceless photographs, books, electronics, personal documents, among many others. However, if you act quickly on the water damage, we can help save and restore your personal items.

7. Pest Infestations 

Bugs love moisture and water damage creates the perfect breeding environment for mosquitos, beetles, fleas, ticks, spiders and more. The constant hatching of eggs and dying pests will attract more bugs to the area as well as spread bacteria throughout your home.

Don’t Leave Water Damage to Chance

Water damage can be detrimental to your home, health, and wallet. Do not hesitate at the sight of water and call in the First Response Disaster team, your experts for professional water extraction.