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Consequences of Neglected Water Damage

When you notice signs of water damage in your home but choose to ignore these and not get these fixed, you are opening your home to the possibility of even worse damage. Not getting to the bottom of such a problem will leave you with even bigger problems to take care of, which will cost you more. When you see telltale signs of water damage, you should find out what caused it and get it fixed immediately.

What will happen if you don’t act on water damage as soon as you see it? Here are some of the consequences that come with such neglect:

  • Mold growth – molds thrive on moisture and if you leave these damp spots alone, molds will grow on them. Along with the musty smell and unsightly spots that come with mold growth is the health hazard that these bring. Respiratory ailments, allergic reactions, rashes, and other disease that can happen with mold spores are also possible.
  • Electrical issues – if the source of the water damage continues to drip water on your floor, ceilings, or walls, you may find yourself in danger of an electrical fire, or at the very least, damaged appliances due to short circuits. Electrocution is also another danger you face if water damage reaches your wiring.
  • Bacterial growth – if you see water damage on your floor, this may be hiding a bigger problem underneath. If a puddle has formed underneath your floorboards, it can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and parasites. This can put you and your family at risk for serious illnesses, particularly if the cause of such water damage is dirty sewer water or toilet overflow.
  • Structural damage – this is one of the worse results of neglected water damage. Ignoring a leak or signs of one in your home may result in the weakening of some of your home’s walls, floors, roof, and even its foundation.

What to Do When You Notice Water Damage

As soon as you see signs of a leak or drip that can lead to water damage, get to the bottom of this problem immediately. Turn off your water main, investigate where the water damage comes from, and repair what needs to be repaired to stop water damage in its tracks. To address the problem of water damage in your home in Rochester and Buffalo, NY, Rapid Dry is the company to trust.

Aside from water damage restoration, we can also help you with mold remediation and content restoration. We can also help you take care of basement flooding, dehumidification, and sewage removal. All you need to do is to contact us at 585-252-5929 and schedule a free estimate for your repair and restoration needs.