Water Damage Restoration In The Spring

Home water damage is no minor nuisance, especially when not taken care of as soon as possible. Untreated water damage in homes can lead to many problems beyond the cosmetic appeal of your home. These problems can affect your home’s structural integrity, finances, and health. Considering that March is a transitional month with fluctuating weather patterns and increased precipitation, it is essential to understand how water damage can severely affect homeowners in the Midland region. water damage restoration columbia

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The purpose of this blog is to help educate the reader about the challenges followed by water damage, how the restoration process works, and how you can remedy the situation if you find yourself dealing with water damage in your home.

How Water Damage Can Affect You and Your Home

Water can get trapped behind walls in various ways. This can happen from the structural integrity of your home, such as holes or cracks in the foundation, siding, and roofing. Water and moisture can also build up from a leaky or burst pipe. As the water gets through your home’s barrier, it will accumulate more and more moisture. Homes in humid areas are more likely to build up moisture due to higher precipitation. This moisture will build up over time and eventually create mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that will compromise the integrity of your home’s structure and your health. 

As mold and mildew are left unattended in your home, the fungi will deteriorate wood and drywall. The fungi will nestle inside the porous material and grow, eventually decomposing the material, leading to wood rot. It can cause the structural integrity to fail, leading to your home literally falling apart. Mold and mildew also have detrimental impacts on your health. As the fungi begin to fill the porous material of your home, they will reproduce via microscopic spores, which will then be breathed into your lungs, which can compromise your immune system. You can identify if mold and mildew are growing in your home by looking for softened drywall, bubbling/cracking paint, and paint discoloration. 

The Process of Water Damage Restoration

There are multiple steps involved in water damage restoration, which are all recommended to be carried out by creditable professionals or restoration companies. The typical process from these professionals consists of an assessment and inspection, extraction of water buildup, drying and dehumidification, cleanup and sanitization, and restoration and repairs.

The best way to understand your home’s needs when it comes to water damage is to consult with restoration professionals for tips on water damage prevention and preparedness. These tips include regular maintenance, proper drainage, emergency preparedness, and adequate insurance coverage.  Water damage is not something that should be overlooked, especially in humid areas such as the Midland region, where weather patterns can dramatically increase the risk of flooding and water intrusion. Educating oneself on the risks and challenges of water damage will educate one about the restoration process and how one can be better prepared for the event in which water damage is poorly affecting one’s day-to-day life. Give our team at Rumsey Construction a call. Our team is ready to help 24/7.