Why Is Water Damage Dangerous?

by Allied / Monday, 01 February 2021 / Published in Water Damage

Have you noticed signs of water damage in and around your home? Damage caused by excessive moisture, plumbing leaks, and groundwater seepage may seem somewhat insignificant, but there could be a more severe problem bubbling just underneath the surface–literally.   

Water damage in itself probably won’t cause serious harm or injury. But leave the problem unfixed for too long, and it could become harmful and even life-threatening. Here are some reasons why water damage could potentially be dangerous: 

Water Damage Can Cause Structure Damage 

Water damage isn’t just unsightly. It could also cause significant harm if left unaddressed, putting your home at risk for structural damage. If you have ignored the problem for a while, your walls or foundation may already be compromised. 

Look for cracks and fissures in these areas of your home. If you find any close to where the water damage has occurred, you will need to have your house checked for structural damage. 

Water Damage Leads to Mold Growth 

Water damage not only affects the primary point of contact of your home. It also causes the dampness to spread out and generally increases moisture levels in the immediate vicinity. 

These factors could cause mold growth and mildew, both of which could put your home and health at risk. If you want to prevent this from happening, make sure to fix the cause of the water damage as soon as possible.

Water Damage and Health Concerns 

Mold growth caused by water damage can have negative consequences on your health. The presence of mold in the home could cause several health issues, including allergies, skin conditions, and respiratory problems. 

Mold is especially harmful to people that have preexisting conditions such as asthma and eczema. By addressing the issues causing water damage, you could prevent mold from growing in your home

Odors From Water Damage

Water damage will result in the interior of the affected area developing an unpleasant odor over time. Depending on the extent of the condition, the smell can range from ‘noticeable’ to ‘barely tolerable’. 

You could usually tell when there is water leakage or seepage by the musty smell in the room. This could be caused by mold growth or a chemical reaction of the building material to the moisture. 

Stained Walls

Water damage can also cause your walls, floors, and ceilings to develop stains or become discolored. This can be very unsightly and reduce the value of the property significantly. 

Worse still, staining and discoloration are usually only the first signs of a more severe and costly problem. If you neglect to address the cause of the discoloration, you may have to deal with an expensive repair bill later on. 

Repair Costs

All of the problems mentioned so far can be damaging enough by themselves. But they could all easily worsen over time and cause even more harm. Although water damage is often easy to remedy, fixing the problem could become more costly if you allow it to worsen. 

Try to fix leaks, excessive moisture, and water seepage problems as soon as you detect the issue. Preventive maintenance could go a long way in helping you avoid a costly repair bill. 

Electrical Damage From Water

Moisture and electronics don’t mix! Electronic devices and water damage in the same room is a recipe for trouble. 

At the very least, moisture could shorten the life of sensitive electrical components or cause a short. In the worst-case scenario, excessive moisture could cause a fire or electrocute someone. 

Don’t wait for any of these scenarios to happen. Check for water damage in and around areas with electrical outlets, appliances, and fuse boxes. Fixing the issue early on could save a life. 

Water Damage is a Serious Concern

Water damage could lull you into a false sense of security by making you think that the problem is relatively insignificant. But many cases of excessive moisture or seepage merely conceal a more serious problem. 

Water damage on your floor could be a sign of groundwater seeping up through the earth. Water stains on the lower section of your walls could mean that your foundation is already compromised. 
These are only some of the ways by which water damage could be potentially dangerous. Getting the problem fixed by a professional water damage restoration company will save you more time, money, and grief in the long run.