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The Unknown Dangers of Water Damage

Daliah Okoro
October 26, 2018

When it comes to waterproofing, it’s never a one size fits all scenario. It can go from waterproofing wooden planter boxes to waterproofing your deck or your basement! While each waterproofing project is going to look a little different, the dangers of water damage will be the same. This is why it’s important to always get things properly waterproofed as there are unknown dangers of water damage that can be lurking in your home. Read on to find out more.

The first danger of water damage is that it can affect your health. Basements and crawl spaces are often the first places in the home to get water damage as they have high humidity levels. Extra moisture in the air condenses on the surface of walls or ceilings. If left on its own, the end result is the growth of mold, which can lead to causing allergies, hay fever, the development of asthma and other respiratory problems. There are also other health risks that may come with flooding. For example, ‘dirty water damage’ is another common type of flooding and usually occurs due to a damaged sump pump or toilet. The dirty water contains water that is filled with hazardous contaminated and microorganisms that can all lead to negative health effects. Black water damage is the most hazardous type of water damage as it involves water the may contain sewage and chemical or human waste. Sewage backups and flood damage are the most common types of black water damage and it is recommended that a professional takes care of this situation.

If there is serious water damage due to flooding or leaking, you’ll also want to be on the lookout for structural damage. Flooding may cause dry rot to the structure of your home, which will in turn damage the strength and foundation of it. If you suspect dry rot, be sure to reach out to a waterproofing specialist so you can protect the health and safety of your home and family.