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UNDERSTAND WATER DAMAGE & RESTORATION

UNDERSTANDING WATER DAMAGE AND RESTORATION

It is vital to understand that if water damage is not attended to immediately, it can lead to endless consequences. In fact, not repairing water damage can actually lead to multiple structural and other problems down the road. Hence Perth Restoration Services suggest, take care of any water damages as soon as they occur. Below are some of the few dangers and effects of neglecting water damage:

1. Structural Damage Ignoring water damage can have serious, long-term consequences for your home or work and your health. Your biggest concern as far as expenses go re neglecting water damage is that it can cause major structural problems in your premises. This includes the concrete slab, foundation, walls, tiles, ceilings boards, and other areas. If left untreated for too long, this could even lead to a total building collapse. Water does not discriminate and when it seeps into the foundation of any premises, it can cause the walls to shift and crack. Ceilings, gyprock or plasterboard are extremely absorbent, and the weight of the moisture can also cause ceilings to collapse.

2. Mould and Microbial Growth One of the most common consequences of not attending to water damage is mould growth. This can occur within 24-48 hours, and it can cause a whole host of health problems. Remember mould loves a damp and humid environment. So, if you have water damage in your home, it’s important to dry the area out as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of this microbial growth moving in. Some issues include, respiratory or asthma issues, skin and eye irritation, headaches and wheezing and much more. In some cases, mould exposure has even been linked to people passing away.

3. Health Problems As we mentioned, mould growth can cause a variety of health problems. But that’s not the only health hazard associated with water damage. If you have standing water in your home, it could become nothing short of a breeding ground for bacteria, parasites and viruses. Depending on the environment this could lead to serious illnesses, such as cholera, dysentery, and more. Skin irritations and allergies are also common when there’s water damage present. A toilet overflow must be dealt with immediately, and an evacuation is inevitable due to the risk posed by pathogens, gastroenteritis and possible liver illness.

4. Pest Infestation Water damage can also lead to a pest infestation if neglected. Just like mould pests are also attracted to damp and humid environments. So, if you have water damage in your home, you could end up with an infestation of rats, cockroaches, or other pests. Pest infestations can cause a variety of problems, such as diseases, property damage, and more. Professionals can help get rid of any pests that have infest your premises, but it is a lot easier to keep them out from the start. If water damage is not completed successfully first, the pests will only return on completion.

5. Insurance premium increase If you have water damage in your home and you don’t take care of it, your insurance premiums could go up. This is because water damage is considered a high-risk hazard. Any premises consider a higher risk will have a higher insurance premium. This is not to mention the hassle and cost of filing any insurance claim. Hence, it’s important to take care of any water damage as soon as possible to avoid higher insurance premiums.

6. Difficulty Selling Your Home If you have water damage in onsite and you’re trying to sell, you could have a hard time finding buyers. This is because most people are not willing to take on a premises with water damage. Sometimes a lot of people even call a building inspector in to assess the structure prior to purchase. Most people avoid a place altogether should it have issues because they don’t want the hassle or risk involved in buying one of these properties when there’s no guarantee that future repairs will fix whatever problems arise again.

6. Difficulty Selling Your Home If you have water damage in onsite and you’re trying to sell, you could have a hard time finding buyers. This is because most people are not willing to take on a premises with water damage. Sometimes a lot of people even call a building inspector in to assess the structure prior to purchase. Most people avoid a place altogether should it have issues because they don’t want the hassle or risk involved in buying one of these properties when there’s no guarantee that future repairs will fix whatever problems arise again. FYI, Australian Consumer Law states you can sell a house with mould and water damage. However, it is a prerequisite and legal requirement to disclose mould and water issues you are aware of upfront. If this is not done an investigation can have serious issues with a buyer later on.

7. Electrical Damage One potential hazard of water damage that is often overlooked is the risk of electrical damage. Water is a definite conductor of electricity and is extremely dangerous if it comes into contact with any electrical sockets or wires. In addition, water can destroy insulation, creating a fire hazard. Before anyone enters the wet areas onsite after a flood, it’s important that the electrical utility be disconnected at your meter. Even after you have done this, it’s crucial that you also shut down power within the main circuit box, before you start any salvaging and cleaning activity. Call a qualified electrician to check all powerpoints and electrical circuits onsite.

8. Gas Damage Gas systems, components and fittings that have been inundated with water (by rain or flood) may have residue water within the operating parts and cause the equipment to not work correctly. Water / debris in the breather of a gas pressure regulator may cause fluctuating or no gas pressure or supply to appliances. This can also result in excessive pressure passing to sections of the gas system that is not rated for that pressure. Call a plumber immediately to check if gas was involved in your water damage job for safety purposes.

9. Financial Burden Finally, water damage can cause a massive financial burden, especially if you have to replace any damaged belongings or make repairs to your home or office. If you catch things early the cost is always way less. If neglected the cost of repairing water damage can quickly add up, especially if you have to replace the flooring, drywall, or other structural components. Remember, if the water damage was severe enough, neglected and now structural damage has set in, you may have to move out of your home while repairs and renovations take place. Again, this can lead to even more financial burden, as you’ll have to find temporary housing and pay for moving expenses.

10. Ignoring water damage can have serious, long-term consequences for you, your home office or premises and your health. If you suspect that you have a water leak or other forms of water damage in your home, be sure to take action as soon as possible. Our team at Perth Restoration Services are experts in all forms of water damage repair and restoration, and we’re here to help you get things back to pre-existing state quickly and safely.

“Perth Restoration Services Are A Fully Certified IICRC 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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