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What Happens When You Leave Water and Flood Damage Untreated

What Happens When You Leave Water and Flood Damage Untreated

When it’s treated quickly, water and flood damage is reversible; however, when left untreated, it can wreak havoc on your home or business. 

It can also impact you and your family’s health. Even small leaks can lead to extensive damage. In the event of any flooding or leaking, it’s important to act immediately. Here’s what happens when you leave water and flood damage untreated.

1.The Value of Your Home Goes Down

Water damage can lead to a severe mold problem which causes discoloration, nasty odors and disastrous health consequences. These spots can be difficult to disguise or to paint over, and a home inspector is likely to find it during an inspection. This can decrease the value of your home and make it difficult to sell.

2.You Put Your Health at Risk

Water from floods and leaks can contain hazardous mold-causing bacterias that can make you and your family or employees very sick. Untreated damage can make allergies worse and contribute to respiratory illnesses.

3.Holes Can Form in Concrete

Small drips might seem innocent, but over time they can cause serious damage. Dripping water can eat holes in concrete and depending on the location, can weaken the structural integrity of the building.

4.Walls and Ceilings are Ruined

Sheetrock is not meant to get wet. Even through layers of paint, water can deteriorate the sheetrock in walls and ceilings. Water damage can cause walls and ceilings to swell, crack and be infested with mold.

5.Electrical Systems are Compromised

Water from floods can cause major problems when it reaches your electrical system. Water and electricity are a fire hazard, and at best, wet electrical systems cause electrical shorts and damage to circuits.

Acting on floor or water damage quickly can prevent water from reaching the electrical system and save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

6.Floors are Destroyed

Unless your entire house is covered in tile, your floors were not meant to withstand much water. Carpet, floor planks and wooden floors can be destroyed when water is left to sit on them. Carpet is a perfect breeding ground for mold, and wood floors and planks will swell and bulge with excessive water.

The Center for Disease and Control recommends cleaning up and drying out buildings after flood and water damage within 24 to 48 hours. It’s always best to call a professional to help prevent potential long-term damage to your health and property.

Summit Restoration is the Expert in Water and Flood Damage Restoration in Utah

The negative effects of water and flood damage can be minimized if you act quickly. The expert team at Summit Restoration is here to help 24/7. We offer emergency services so we’re ready to respond to your flood or other disaster immediately. We have extensive knowledge and experience in water damage repair, mold damage restoration and more. We serve clients in Utah from Provo to Logan. Give us a call today!