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April
2016

Dangers of Water Damage

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When a home or business is affected by floodwaters and the basement of the property is filling up with water, most people understand the dangers involved and call a professional restoration company immediately. However, occasionally the staff at All Dry Water Damage Experts will respond to a call for service where the water damage source is a little less “dramatic” (i.e. an overflowing washing machine, a stopped up toilet, a small amount of water that has entered the home from a leaking roof) causing the property owner to falsely believe they have plenty of time to remediate the situation or that they can easily fix it themselves.

Water damage to homes and businesses from any source involves dangers to both residents and property and it is important to understand these dangers. One of the most important dangers to be aware of is the potential for mold growth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), drying and mitigation of a property with water damage should occur within 24 to 48 hours to reduce the possibility of mold growth. It is not as simple as removing and drying up the visible water. Mold can form behind drywall, behind baseboards or ceilings, and under carpet pad. The dangers of mold exposure to residents of the property include respiratory tract issues, neurocognitive symptoms, asthma, and allergic reactions.

Any water loss involving sewage exposes residents of a building to over 120 different viruses, including rotaviruses, adenoviruses, and norovirus, as well as parasites and bacteria. Exposure to these can lead to severe and sometimes life-threatening diarrhea, respiratory and eye infections, and chronic and severe intestinal diseases. The risks are more severe for residents who are elderly, infants, or those who are immunocompromised. Home or business owners with a sewage backup in their home are strongly recommended to call a professional restoration company, such as All Dry Water Damage Experts, who are aware of the safety protocols in handling these situations.

Last, the structural integrity of a home or business is affected by water damage. Water that is not removed immediately can lead to weakened structural components of the building which can pose a danger for residents inside the building. Ceilings, drywall, and flooring can be damaged causing the need for expensive repairs. Furniture and prized possessions can be damaged beyond repair. Water leaks can lead to electrical shorts, fires, and even electrocution.

Home and business owners who understand these dangers and the importance of fast water damage remediation will significantly decrease the risks to both the health of the people occupying these properties and to the involved structure. Property owners in the Denver, Colorado area who need immediate assistance for water damage to avoid these dangers can rely on All Dry Water Damage Experts for immediate assistance. Don’t wait!

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