A number of things can damage a home, but some of the worst damage comes from water. The water can come in after a storm damages the roof or a wall or it can result from a less-catastrophic source of leaks. In any case, water damage can become very extensive – and expensive – very quickly if the water isn’t stopped and dried up as soon as possible. Here are some things that can happen if a source of water infiltration like a ruined roof isn’t fixed by a company like as soon as possible:
This is one of the worst results of water infiltration because it will weaken the structure of the building itself. Wooden joists, floors of all types, and the material used to finish the walls can all be affected. Worse yet, it’s very hard to stop rot once it begins. Mold will produce spores that can activate whenever the moisture level gets high again. To treat this problem, a restoration company will first have to stop more water from being able to get in. Then, the affected area often has to be dried using special fans and other equipment. Finally, new wood is installed to replace rotten parts. The area may then need to be treated with a fungicide to prevent the growth of more rot-causing mold.
Damage to Visible Areas
The most obvious sign of water damage is the destruction of obvious elements of a house or building. The ceiling and walls can be stained by water, and if paneling is affected, its finish can appear streaked and bleached. Carpet can rot and tile may begin to come up off the floor. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fix some of these problems compared to what it takes to fix structural problems. Making the carpet look right again, however, is an exception to this rule. A homeowner may have to replace an entire room’s worth of carpet thanks to this material’s ability to show all lesser repair attempts.
When leaks or storm damage is fixed immediately, much of this damage can be prevented. If you can’t afford an immediate fix for a problem, don’t give up! Have storm-destroyed roofs tarped up immediately, shut off the water to leaky pipes, and take any other needed steps to stop the destruction from spreading.