When a property is experiencing water damage, it is hard to ignore. Water damage’s effects on a home over time will begin to show and cause worse and worse problems. Moreover, they are harder to fix the longer it is ignored. Floods can occur for many reasons, including, but not limited to, burst pipes, natural disasters, and faulty appliances. No matter the amount of water that comes from these disasters, it’s essential to treat all as a threat that needs to be addressed immediately.
It’s important to know what water damage looks like in any type of material present in your home. This way, you can keep an eye out for potential damage for quick repairs. Unattended water damage can lead to more significant issues in the future, so catching it early is crucial.
One of the great benefits of having tile in your home is that it is a waterproof material that can prevent water damage. However, with that being said, the grout surrounding the tile isn’t necessarily waterproof. If there are any chips in said grout, water can seep through the crack and cause damage to the subflooring, which can swell and warp. As the subflooring changes, the tile will be damaged along with it.
Wood is one of the most prevalent materials in your home. Your home is practically made of wood, including the frame, flooring, doors, cabinets, and most furniture. To say that your house can be impacted by water damage is an understatement. Unfortunately, wood is very absorbent, and that water affects it severely. Water can cause the wood to rot, weaken, fall apart, and allow mold formation to grow. Because of this, there is not much you can do to fix it once it happens, and everything severely affected will have to be replaced.
Fabric is one of the most absorbent materials present in your home. Unlike wood, however, the fabric is more likely to be repaired after water damage. Depending on the type of water that has impacted your home, water damage restoration specialists can extract the water and disinfect the material so it is safe to be in your home again. However, fabric that has been affected by sewage will likely need to be completely replaced. Additionally, if the water has sat long enough for mold to grow, it is not safe to keep it in your home anymore.
Believe it or not, concrete is not a waterproof material. Water can affect it just as much as it can wood. Foundations and concrete walls are prone to water damage and will form cracks from repeated exposure. Concrete is sturdy but porous, allowing water to seep inside and begin the breakdown process. Cracks can form in the foundation, causing foundations to shift and unsettle the home. Moreover, flooring is often laid directly on the foundation so that water damage can lead to bubbles forming under your flooring, ripped seams, and other forms of deterioration.
No matter where the water damage is occurring in your home, it’s important to get the right people on the case to remedy the issue. It’s also crucial to get on top of the problem as soon as you notice it to minimize it. Professionals at Restoration of Low Country will begin your water damage restoration and ensure that the job is done quickly and correctly.