Whether you’re dealing with water damage from a leaky roof or from a flood, water damage needs to be dealt with as soon as possible!
Health and safety risks rise rapidly if water damage is not taken care of within the first 24 hours.
Here are six ways water damage can ruin your home fast.
1. Causes Mold and Mildew to Grow
Mold is not something to mess around with. It can start to grow as early as the first 24 hours of water damage, and it’s a serious health risk.
It’s best to start drying out the water-damaged area before mold starts growing and causing more damage to your home.
2. Can Cause Electrical Damage and Risk
Since water is an electrical conductor, getting any and all electronics away from any water damage is crucial for your safety.
This may mean shutting off the electricity until the damaged area is restored.
3. Causes Drywall to Swell
Water absorbs quickly into softer materials like drywall and laminate wood flooring. If these areas are ignored, they will start to swell and be damaged beyond repair.
4. Ruins Paint and Wallpaper
If water is left sitting on paint or wallpaper for a long time, the moisture will cause both paint and wallpaper to bubble up.
Once the damage gets this bad, you will have no choice but to scrape the paint, sand it down, repair the damages and re-paint. The wallpaper will have to be replaced altogether.
5. Insulation and Structural Beams
A leaky roof can cause damage to insulation and structural beams if it goes unnoticed.
If you noticed any dark stains on your roof, be sure to address this as soon as possible to prevent further damage!
6. Furniture and Personal Belongings
Your home isn’t solely the house itself. Your home is also your personal belongings. Water can damage your furniture quickly, so if you notice a leak or flooding occurring in your basement, rescue your personal belongings and put them out of harm’s way.
Do You Have Water Damage?
If you suspect any water damage in your home, please give us a call at 215-338-5956 to get a free quote!