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The Dangerous Consequences of Water Damage

Jenn Tolson
June 16, 2017

Waterproofing your home or deck is an effective way to keep your home secure from water damage. Not only can repairing water damage be very costly, it can also be unsafe to friends and family. One sure way to avoid the consequences of water damage is to maintain regularly scheduled waterproofing.

The consequences of water damage come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you have a leaky basement or an outdoor patio that hasn’t been waterproofed, you’ll see the effects of water damage. When water damage is present, it can lead to dry rot forming in your home. One way to test if planks of wood have dry rot is to put pressure on the suspected plank of wood. If the wood has a spongy quality to it, it likely has dry rot. It can not only be costly to replace a damaged piece of wood but if the dry rot goes undetected and spreads, it can even weaken the integrity of the deck or patio. In some severe cases, it can even lead to the patio or deck falling apart, which is a serious safety concern.

Water damage also has serious health concerns as well. Water damage can lead to mold being formed on the wood or in your basement for example. With enough mold, it can cause allergic reactions and even asthma in some people. Other diseases can come about from exposure to molds such as allergic rhinitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, and allergic conjunctivitis. In a basement, water damage can also lead to consequences such as the destruction of household items. If you store family memorabilia in a basement, with water damage, it can lead to the destruction of priceless items that you can never have back. These are just some of the consequences that can come about from water damage. The best way to prevent these situations from occurring is to waterproof your home.