I never knew the extent of damage that hail could cause to a home. Of course, I realized that windows could break, but I never imagined my roof getting damaged, the siding getting destroyed and the gutters nearly being taken off the side of the house. After our neighborhood was hit by a storm that included golf-ball sized hail, I quickly learned how devastating those little ice-balls can be. If you are going through the same repairs and clean-up efforts, visit my blog. My blog includes tips that can help you identify hail damage and learn what to do to repair it.
If you're away from your home when water damage occurs, whether it's because you evacuated for a hurricane or because your pipes decided to spring a leak while you were away, you need to educate yourself about the damage remediation process. Typically, water damage remediation specialists should be called in as soon as major damage occurs. But even if your water damage seems minimal at first glance, there may be hidden consequences already. Here are three complications that may happen if the water damage isn't cleaned up promptly within the first day or two of occurring.
Mold is a complication of water damage that generally only occurs if you don't get the water dried up fast enough. Mold can grow within a day or two of the water damage, though, so you really need to get the water cleaned up pretty fast to avoid it. Although mold and mildew may seem like more of a nuisance than a health hazard, there are actually several ways in which they can damage your health. They can produce mycotoxins, which is mainly a problem if they're growing on food; but they also produce spores which can create or aggravate respiratory problems if you inhale them. Unfortunately, if you see mold in your home, it's already producing spores, because the visible part of the mold basically only exists for spore production.
Pathogens and Toxins
In addition to mold, standing water in your home can host many other microorganisms, such as bacteria. Some of this bacteria can produce toxins and others can cause you to become ill if you're exposed to them. And if the water was contaminated before it reached your home, you may have dozens of other dangerous things growing in the water as well.
Water can seep into drywall and cause it to dissolve into a pulpy mess. Or it can warp floorboards and drip down to structural supports to cause rot there as well. The sooner you clean up any water damage that occurs, the less time it will have to cause damage. This means that time is of the essence, so bringing in a professional damage remediation crew just to save time can really be worth every penny. You may end up needing to replace far more of your home's structural elements if you try to remedy extensive water damage on your own.
As you can see, leaving your home with standing water or wet, damaged materials can cause all sorts of problems for you in the future. And remember, your insurance company may pay for a damage remediation team, like one from Absolute Restoration LLC, especially if you hire one they recommend.