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Long-term Consequences of Water Damage

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Damage caused by damp and moisture on a ceiling

After your home has been flooded, water damage can continue to slowly destroy your home even after the flooding has been stopped. Water can seep through cracks and between walls and floors; you may not even know it’s there until the damage becomes drastic. Whatever the source of the flood, it is best to hire experienced cleaning and water damage restoration professionals to deal with the cleanup.

Water Leads to Mold Growth

One of the most common consequences of incomplete flood cleanup is mold growth in your home. When water seeps into hidden cracks and crevices or underneath a wet carpet, it creates a fertile breeding ground for mold colonies. In addition to creating unpleasant odors, mold can seriously affect your health, leading to respiratory illnesses, allergies and exacerbation of existing health conditions. Once mold has spread throughout your home, getting rid of it is typically a lengthy, expensive and inconvenient process. Avoid this ordeal by ensuring that any flooding is promptly and completely cleaned up.

Structural Damage From Water

Another hazard presented by lingering water is structural damage. Water that is allowed to remain and seep into wood and concrete slowly but surely causes rot and erosion. Replacing rotted support structures can end up costing you thousands of dollars just in construction costs, not to mention the expenses of having to live elsewhere while these extensive and disruptive repairs are completed.

Flooding can cause both short-term discomfort and long-term health and financial consequences. Make no mistake: some problems may resolve on their own when left to themselves, but water damage will not. The best way to cut down on the destruction flooding can cause in your home is to call in a team of skilled restorers who can safely remove unwanted water from all areas of your home. Making sure that the job is done right at the very start can save you thousands of dollars in the future.