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What Are Common Effects of Water Damage?

Posted on May 30, 2018

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After a flood, your home and your neighbor’s home may be affected differently. Your neighbor’s home may only sustain minor damage such as a little water flowing through the basement windows, while your home may sustain more serious water damage. Even though this damage can vary from one place to the next, it is always good to know the most common effects of water damage.

Mold Growth

One of the most common effects of water damage is mold. Mold is never a good thing to have in your home. After a flood, it takes only 24 to 48 hours for mold to start growing on your belongings that are water-logged. As mold starts to grow on items such as clothing and wood beams, it breaks down the components that make those items structurally sound. Mold cannot only affect the structure of your home, but it can also be a health hazard. Breathing problems and allergic reactions are the most common health issue due to mold. If you do not deal with mold immediately, mold growth could start to grow rampant. Worst of all, your home could end up condemned if the growth is severe.

Wire, Gas Line, and Appliance Damage

After water damage, no matter the severity, you should always turn off your gas and electricity. Turning off your gas and electricity avoids electrical shock and gas leaks, which are more common after a flood. You may come to find that even a little bit of water damage will cause you to rewire or replace gas lines in your home. If your gas or wiring needs to have repairs, be sure to call a professional to ensure no injuries or damages occur during repairs. Your gas line and wiring are not the only things that may need repairs or replacements, but your appliances may need the same attention.

Water Contamination

When a flood occurs, different types of water can get into your home. There are three different categories of flood water.

  • Clean water- this water comes from a sanitary source
  • Grey water- this water comes from your appliances and may cause illnesses
  • Black water- this water comes from extremely unsanitary sources such as lakes and waters

While clean water and grey water are not ideal, the one you need to be most concerned about is black water. You can recover your home after black water has affected it. However, you need to prepare yourself for the process of restoration. It often requires you to replace all the items affected by this water damage.

Recover from Water Damage with All Brite Cleaning

Dealing with water damage by yourself is never fun and not recommended. One of the first things you should do after water damage is to contact a water restoration specialist. Calling a water damage specialist ensures the best results. Experiencing water damage is overwhelming. Call the experts at All Brite Cleaning to help you out. We offer 24/7 water damage restoration. We understand how important your home is, that is why we treat your home like our own. Call us today at 863-382-0042 to begin the restoration process for your home.


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