We all have things about our homes that we would like to change, or that we have just learned to live with. Often times, we ignore these issues because, well, we are just too busy. There is one thing regarding your home though that should not ever be ignored – and that is water damage restoration. We know that water damage is a major inconvenience, and something that no one has the time or money to deal with. With that being said, water damage compounds over time, and poses some serious risks to your home. Here are just a few reasons why you should never ignore water damage or put off restoration for your Houston home:
Unfortunately, many victims of water damage put off restoration because they are worried about how much it will cost. Water damage restoration costs vary greatly depending on the size and scope of the damage, but there is one factor that can greatly increase how much restoration will be and that is time. The hard truth about water damage is the longer water damage is present, the worse the damage will be which means water damage restoration will end up costing much more. Resolving the problem and drying the water right away will ensure not only the best results for your home, but also the best outcome for your wallet. When you leave water damage, you will end up with more problems, which will end up costing you more money.
If water damage goes ignored in a home, they very structure could be threatened. Water takes a toll on porous materials, and our homes are made up of said porous materials. Wood, cement, drywall, and sheetrock are all examples of building materials that are porous and, therefore, more susceptible to damage from water. As water is absorbed by these materials, it can alter their shape and weaken their strength. Wood swells, warps, bend, and even rots when exposed to water for extended amounts of time. Drywall and sheetrock become heavy and sodden when left exposed to water, which can then cause flaking, cracking, bending, and deterioration. Water can even form cracks in cement, meaning the very foundation of your home can be threatened by water damage. Structural damage is serious and often requires extensive restoration for repairs to be done correctly, which can cost you both time and money.
When water damage is present for at least 48 hours, it can begin to facilitate mold and mildew growth. Increased moisture levels in the home provide the perfect condition for mold spores to thrive. Mold is dangerous for your health, especially for those who are already immunocompromised, terminally ill, elderly family members, and infants. Mold exposure can result in shortness of breath, coughing, congestion, pneumonia, headaches, fatigue, irritated eyes, and sore throat (just to name a few). Once mold begins growing, it can spread rapidly through the air, so it then become s a threat throughout the entire home and not just where the damage occurred.
The list could go on and on of potential threats to you and your home when water damage is not restored right away, but we think you get the picture. When you need water damage, be sure to call the experts at 24/7 Restoration Specialists so we can get to work right away.