Have you ever had a leak in your roof or some kind of appliance flood and just wiped it up the best you could? Did you ever think, “Well, I could get lucky. It doesn’t look too bad now. What if I just left it?” Water damage restoration is rarely something that you have planned for in your budget, so it is never a convenience to take care of. However, there are major consequences when serious water damage is not handed over to the professionals.
Mold is one of those consequences, and is one that sometimes goes unnoticed until it is completely out of hand. Mold can grow anywhere there is moisture combined with a warm temperature. If you think about it, almost anywhere is susceptible to mold growth; especially in places like the walls, attics, crawlspaces, basements, even under the flooring. Mold can have negative effects on your health such as allergies, respiratory problems, and threats on your immune system. An interesting characteristic of mold is, is that it’s sometimes not visible and can grow unnoticed. But you can still experience its side effects like headaches and breathing problems.
Another negative consequence of letting water sit in the house is the problems it can cause to the home’s structure. When moisture gets into your floors, walls, and ceilings, the wood frame can be severely damaged. Wood rots very easily and the only way to fix this is to repair the entire damaged section of wood. This can be a huge project, especially if it is underneath wood flooring in your home. If you have wood flooring in your house, you will be able to see pretty quickly if the water damage is affecting the flooring since it will start bowing.
Wherever there is rotting or soft wood, there could be pests. The most common pest that comes marching in when rotting wood is present, is termites. These insects are very difficult to get rid of and can even go unnoticed for long periods of time while they eat away at the structure of your home. If you have water damage, especially in areas close to the ground (like the foundation of your home), you should be extra concerned about possible termite damage.
If you haven’t contacted a professional about water damage restoration for some water damage you have in your home, pick up the phone and make the call to ServiceMaster of Hattiesburg right away. The longer it sits, the worse the damage could become. Even if you think the water damage isn’t too bad and it has been sitting for a long time with no issues, you may want to have a professional come out and take a look at it. Professionals have thermal imaging that will detect moisture that is trapped within walls and flooring. If you recently faced water damage or are having mysterious symptoms of headaches and respiratory issues, contact a water damage restoration professional right away.