With Water Damage, What You See Is NOT What You Get

The visual effect of water damage inside your home can be shocking and discouraging enough: large pools of water where it doesn’t belong, saturated carpets, soaked furniture. But its real impact is often the consequence of what you can’t see. Water damage usually isn’t an isolated incident you can point one finger at. It’s an ongoing sequence of events that continues unabated until professional intervention with proven techniques interrupts the process.

Here are some results of water damage you may not see at first glance but may have to deal with eventually:

  • Extreme humidity. Water inundation causes humidity to soar within the enclosed confines of a house. Water vapor migrates invisibly into areas of the home apparently untouched by the water itself. The effect of extreme humidity can damage absorbent building materials as well as many valuable possessions such as photographs, books and sensitive electronics.
  • Hidden migration. Water flows through any tiny gap or opening, invasively spreading far and wide. By the time it’s even noticed, water may have seeped under baseboards and into wall cavities where the damage process proceeds sight unseen. It can penetrate flooring on an upper floor and begin slowly saturating the ceiling below (visible signs may not appear immediately). Metal components may not show evidence of contact with water until rusting appears much later.
  • Mold growth. Microscopic airborne mold spores pervade deep into the structure of any home. Until contacted by water—or even unusually high indoor humidity—these hidden spores remain dormant. When water damage occurs, however, mold growth is inevitably triggered, often in unseen locations within the house. Active mold growth becomes a concealed source of toxic airborne reproductive spores that may cause allergic reactions and illness in susceptible individuals.
  • HVAC damage. Water on the move may seep into ductwork routed through seldom visited areas like the attic and crawl space, causing hidden deterioration that leads to loss of heated and cooled air. Roof leaks can silently ruin attic insulation, degrading the effectiveness of the material and leading to unwanted heat gain or heat loss inside the living spaces of the house.

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