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3 Ways Water Damage Can Cause Problems

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold colonies growing along the base of a wall This mold growth was the result of water damage that wasn't properly cleaned and dried!

Last month, we had significant flooding in the area, which resulted in more than 100 phone calls in the span of a couple of days. Many of those callers eventually canceled services and decided to take care of the water themselves. Unfortunately, many of those same callers will likely call us back because failing to properly clean up water damage can create unintended consequences.

  1. Mold growth. Mold needs moisture to grow, which is often why water damage victims find mold growth later in their homes. If the water isn’t quickly and thoroughly dried out, the mold spores in your home will use that moisture to activate and spread. This is also why we use antimicrobial applications—to reduce the risk!

  1. Structural damage. Your home’s structure is also at risk when exposed to enough water. Carpet and hardwood floors, for example, can lose their integrity and become damaged. Water also enters porous material like drywall, so the moisture can affect parts of your home that you can’t even see!

  1. Bacterial growth/Contamination. Depending on the source, the water can be contaminated with bacteria and other harmful contaminants. But even clean water can deteriorate if given enough time. Water damage in your home should be addressed immediately to prevent health concerns, especially if a person with a compromised immune system lives there.

Water damage is more than an inconvenience—it’s also a hazard for you and your home. If you have an incident, don’t try to handle it yourself; call a professional disaster restoration company. SERVPRO of Iredell County is available 24/7, so you can contact us anytime!

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