Anyone in a high-rise condo or residential property with water damage can benefit from learning more about the potential risks associated with mishandling these repairs. First and foremost, understand that mold can begin to develop on a variety of materials approximately 48 hours after they get wet from clean water. The situation worsens substantially with time or if the water source is contaminated from sewage, biological or chemical pollutants.
Ceiling tiles and insulation made of fiberglass or insulation should be discarded and replaced within 48 hours of taking on water damage because they are highly susceptible to developing mold growth quickly. Prolonged exposure to inhaling mold spores from air within the home can cause significant health issues for people with immune deficiencies, children and the elderly. Some of the health problems associated with long-term exposure to mold are fatigue, nausea, respiratory infections and complications caused by toxic viruses or bacteria.
Water Damage and Your Home
Water damage can reduce the value of your home in a number of different ways. For home appraisers, the residual stains and smells left behind are tell-tale signs of water damage. The structure of the home, including the walls and floors, can be compromised by water damage caused from the smallest leaks. Water soaks into the wood, makes its way up to the ceiling, increases the likelihood for mold and weakens the integrity of the materials holding your home in place.
Looking Beneath the Surface
The electrical system inside the building could be a potentially fatal health hazard if water damage reaches the fuse box, outlets or electric wiring. The plumbing and pipes inside the walls or floors of the building can begin corroding from the contaminating pollutants brought on by untreated water damage as well. If drywall is exposed to water too long, the material can become brittle, warped, bubbled and discolored so much that it will need to be replaced entirely.
The foundation of the building can also be affected by water damage if it’s able to penetrate cracks in the concrete and bricks that are not properly sealed. In colder environments, the water that seeps into the foundation can cause cracks and other structural issues once it freezes and begins expanding within its confined space. Besides mold, standing water inside the building can also attract a number of insects that carry harmful diseases and bacteria infections.
Assessing Water Damage
Professionals categorize the severity of water damage one of three ways, whether the water is still sanitary, definitely contaminated or grossly contaminated. Three classifications are also used to identify the rate of evaporation and if the drying process required is minimal, moderate for flooding in entire spaces or if its more severe for flooding coming in from above.
Identifying the potential sources, like broken HVAC systems, leaks, defective appliances or damaged pipes, causing water damage is often too challenging for individual property owners. However, qualified professionals do have the innovative tech and expertise needed to detect any underlying issues that mishandled or untreated water damage may have on a residential property or high-rise condo over time.