It is vital to understand that if water damage and restoration are not addressed immediately, the consequences can be severe and far-reaching. Neglecting water damage can result in multiple structural problems and other issues down the road. Perth Restoration Services suggests addressing any water damage as soon as it occurs. Below are some dangers and effects of neglecting water damage and restoration:

Structural Damage

 Ignoring water damage can have serious, long-term consequences for your home, workplace, and health. The biggest concern regarding expenses is that it can cause major structural problems in your premises. This includes damage to the concrete slab, foundation, walls, tiles, ceilings, and other areas. If left untreated, this could even lead to a total building collapse. Water can cause walls to shift and crack and make ceilings, gyprock, or plasterboard absorb moisture, potentially leading to ceiling collapse.

Mould and Microbial Growth 

One common consequence of not addressing water damage is mould growth, which can occur within 24-48 hours. Mould thrives in damp and humid environments and can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory or asthma issues, skin and eye irritation, headaches, and wheezing. In severe cases, mould exposure has even been linked to fatalities.

Health Problems 

Beyond mould, standing water can become a breeding ground for bacteria, parasites, and viruses, leading to illnesses such as cholera and dysentery. Skin irritations and allergies are also common. Immediate action is necessary, especially with contaminated water, like a toilet overflow, which poses significant health risks.

Pest Infestation

Water damage can attract pests such as rats and cockroaches, leading to infestations. These pests can cause diseases, property damage, and other issues. While professionals can remove pests, it’s easier to prevent them by addressing water damage promptly.

Insurance Premium Increase

Neglecting water damage can result in higher insurance premiums because water damage is considered a high-risk hazard. Addressing water damage promptly can help avoid these increased costs and the hassle of filing insurance claims.

Difficulty Selling Your Home

Water damage can make it challenging to sell your home, as potential buyers often avoid properties with water issues. Disclosure of any known water damage is legally required under Australian Consumer Law, and failure to do so can lead to serious issues with buyers later on.

Electrical Damage

Water is a conductor of electricity and can be extremely dangerous if it comes into contact with electrical sockets or wires. It can destroy insulation and create fire hazards. It’s crucial to disconnect the electrical utility at the meter and shut down power at the main circuit box before entering wet areas.

Gas Damage

Water can infiltrate gas systems and components, causing equipment to malfunction. Water or debris in a gas pressure regulator can disrupt gas supply to appliances, leading to dangerous pressure fluctuations. A plumber should inspect gas systems if water damage is suspected.

Financial Burden

Water damage can be costly, especially if it results in the need for extensive repairs or replacement of damaged belongings. Early intervention can minimize costs, whereas neglect can lead to significant expenses, including temporary housing and moving costs if structural damage necessitates relocation.

Long-term Consequences

Ignoring water damage can have lasting effects on your home, office, and health. Prompt action is essential to mitigate these risks. Perth Restoration Services are experts in water damage and restoration, ready to help restore your property quickly and safely.

By understanding the importance of addressing water damage and restoration, you can protect your property and health from the severe consequences of neglect. Whether you are dealing with structural damage, mould growth, health hazards, pest infestations, increased insurance premiums, difficulties in selling your home, electrical or gas damage, or financial burdens, immediate action is crucial. Trust the experts at Perth Restoration Services to handle all your water damage and restoration needs efficiently and effectively.


“Perth Restoration Services Are A Fully Certified IICRC and RIA Firm. We Pride Ourselves In Saying We Truly Are Your Friends In Flood, Fire And Restoration.”

— Sean Thomas, Head Technician/Owner




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